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Young Birders

 

Teens enjoying and protecting the natural world through science, service, exploration and experience.

Young Birders teens, volunteers, and staff - October, 2014.

Young Birders is open to all teens interested in birds and nature! Download a registration form and/or email us for more information.

 

YOUNG BIRDERS

       

 

 

 

 


About Young Birders

 Young Birders brings together teens between the ages of 13-18 with an interest in birds and conservation for a fun series of field trips, meetings, outreach activities, and scientific monitoring efforts. Experienced volunteers and naturalists help members learn about Washington's birds and their place in the environment. Young Birders is a great way for teenagers to explore Northwest ecology, gain naturalist skills, and make a positive contribution to the natural world.

Puget Sound Seabird Survey - October, 2014

 

  • Make new friends who share your interests - all of whom are 13-18 years old
  • Enjoy amazing places in the natural world  
  • Gain skills and experience that could help launch an environmental career 
  • Earn service-learning credits through community science and education projects
  • Get ideas and support for bird- or conservation-oriented senior projects
  • Build leadership experience
  • And most of all, have some YOLO (You Obviously Love Owls) experiences.

 

Young Birders accepts new members throughout the year!

For more information, contact Robyn Thomas (206-523-8243 ext. 109) or Malcolm Griffes (206-523-8243 ext. 117), or email us at youngbirders@seattleaudubon.org.

 

Check out our upcoming events below!

 

Monthly Meetings

May Meeting

  • Tuesday, May 7th  from 7:00- 8:30pm. Share your bird knowledge at our Bird Triva night! Prizes available! 

Meetings are held at the Seattle Audubon office: 8050 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115  

Seattle Audubon Office

 

                                                                                                                 
            

Field Trips

From city parks to national parks the Young Birders field trips are a way to explore nature and birding hotspots throughout our city and the state. Young Birder field trips include day-trips and short overnights from October to June, and a longer end-of-year summer overnight trip to a further afield birding location. Our trips are often lead by Master Birders, and are a great way to get outside, learn about new birding areas, and spend time birding with other teens.

Young Birders at Point No Point 2019 

Overnight trip to the Outer Coast of Washington
REGISTRATION NOW FULL           
Saturday April 27th at 8:45am to Sunday April 28th at 7:00pm. Join us for our first camping trip of the season. We're heading out to the outer coast of Washington, just in time to see thousands of migrating shorebirds and other great bird species. A few of the stops we plan to hit are the Grays Harbor Wildlife Refuge, Ocean Shores, Damon Point, Bottle Beach State Park, and many more. We will be camping on Saturday night at Grayland Beach State Park. 

The trip cost is $40 which will contribute to food, gas, and camping fees. If this cost is a barrier to your participation please email youngbirders@seattleaudubon.org. Please register HERE by Monday, April 15th.

Wenas Creek Annual Campout
Mark your calendars! Young Birders will head to the Wenas Audubon campout over Memorial Day weekend from Saturday May 25th to Sunday May 26th.

The Wenas campout is a regional Audubon tradition that takes place in the Wenas Valley of central Washington. This casual and friendly gathering offers a variety of activities, including birding field trips, wildflower walks, field sketching, owl prowls, and campfire presentations. See the Wenas campout website for more details. 

We will provide meals and transportation for interested Young Birders. Families are also welcome to come along! To attend with the Young Birders register HERE.

 

 

Please let us know if you are interested in attending upcoming fieldtrips, meetings, and events HERE
* For more information about trip details and registration, please contact Robyn Thomas and Malcolm Griffes at youngbirders@seattleaudubon.org *

 

Make sure to check out our guide to birding trips in Washington for Young Birders and their families which you can view by clicking HERE.  
This guide was kindly created my Master Birder and Seattle Audubon volunteer, Carleen Zimmerman. 

 

 

 

Young Birders spot a Brown Creeper on a Kitsap Peninsula field trip, 2019 

 

Service Learning Hours and Science Projects

Wetland Secretive Bird Monitoring 

Saturday May 11th from 8:30am – 10:30am. We will be holding our second monitoring survey for PSBO's Wetland Secretive Bird Monitoring at North Creek. Please meet at the North Creek Parking Lot at 8:15am.

 

Saturday June 8th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. We will be holding our thrid, and final, monitoring survey for PSBO's Wetland Secretive Bird Monitoring at Foster Island. Please meet at parking lot #16 in the Arboretum at 3:45pm.

 

 

Want to earn service-learning hours? Ask us about how to get involved with ongoing community science projects. These are great opportunities to engage with environmental professionals, work with Master Birders at community science sites, and feel what it's like to be a part of a research team.

Puget Sound Seabird Survey (PSSS)

Neighborhood Bird Project

Wetland Secretive Bird Monitoring with Puget Sound Bird Observatory

 

 Young Birder holding Bud Anderson's Kestrel

 

 

 

American Bittern - Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

 

Testimonials

 “I originally joined Young Birders to learn more about birds and to meet other people with the same interests as myself.  So far, I have met both of those goals and much more.  I really enjoy the programs that are offered… The field trips have greatly increased my skills as a bird watcher because it is somewhat hard and bothersome to teach yourself.  With more experienced birders around me, I can learn how to identify birds in a fun and accurate way without fumbling through a field guide.”

"Young Birders is an incredible program. It has changed my life; given me birding friends my own age, a community, experiences that I will remember until I die, opportunities that will help me later in life, and the support I needed to become an avid birder. Thank you Seattle Audubon!”

 

Photo by Emily Meade
Young Birders fieldtrip - Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. November, 2014

 


"I love Young Birders because it's so welcoming to everyone. It doesn't matter what your relationship to birds is—expert, beginner or anything in between—everyone is willing to help others and learn as much as they can." -Former member



“Because of the skills I’d gained in Young Birders, I spent my summer thriving on science: analyzing fish samples, compiling data, and assisting in field work...This propelled me to admission with highest honors to my first-choice school, Western Washington University, where I will be pursuing a degree in biology.” -Former member

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