Leading a local community in appreciating, understanding, and protecting birds and their natural habitats.

Urban Conservation

Our conservation program focuses on applying decades of our community-science collected avian census data and tree maps to identify critical habitat for wildlife in the city, reduce the impacts of the built environment on birds and wildlife, and engage all Seattle communities in creating urban habitat for birds in their own backyards and neighborhoods.

Neighborhood Flyways

In response to a rapidly-developing city, the Neighborhood Flyways program aims to connect habitat corridors across our urban landscape, elevate the importance of protecting habitat within Seattle, and conserve green space that benefits all of Seattle’s residents and wildlife. The following programs support our Neighborhood Flyways campaign:

  • Neighborhood Habitats and Restoration
  • Lights Out / Preventing bird collisions
  • Green Safe Buildings
  • Urban Canopy
  • Cats Indoors: Catio Tours

To learn more about these programs, contact our Urban Conservation Manager,
Josh Morris.


Seattle: An Urban Bird Treaty City

In May 2017, Seattle Audubon with partner organizations led Seattle in becoming a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Urban Bird Treaty City. By signing the Urban Bird Treaty, the city recognizes the importance of protecting urban bird habitat, reducing hazards to migrating birds and connecting people to nature. The Seattle Audubon Conservation program leads the coalition of partners committed to protect migrating birds in the Pacific Flyway. 


The Urban Bird Treaty Signing was featured on a variety of media outlets: 

"Urban Bird Treaty City celebration at Lincoln Park," West Seattle Blog, 5 May 2017

"The Jet City agrees to better share the skies with birds," Paige Browning, KUOW, 5 May 2017

"City of Seattle, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to sign Urban Bird Treaty," USFWS, 4 May 2017

"Guest Editorial: Neighborhood Flyways Campaign reminds us that nature is never far away," Seth Shteir, 2 May 2017


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