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Seattle Audubon is excited to announce our newest communication feature, a twice-monthly blog! Stories will feature member, staff, and volunteer profiles; reporting on current events; project updates; behind-the-scenes look at special activities; field trip reports; etc.



Birding Ballard


July. For this edition of "Birding My Neighborhood," writer Caryn Schutzler met up with Seattle Audubon's Community Engagement Manager, for a birding tour of her Ballard neighborhood.




Visualizing PSSS Data


June (4). April 2019 marked the end of the largest season of the Puget Sound Seabird Survey in volunteers engaged and geographic range. Check out what we've been able to learn with our new data tool, Tableau.




West Seattle Nature Camp


June (3). Coming up on its second year of existence, West Seattle Nature Camp is a place where children and adult naturalists get to know each other and nature personally.




Trip Report: Colombia


June (2). Columbia as a birding destination is not to be missed. With the tallest coastal mountains in the world, extensive areas of tropical Amazon lowland forest, and high altitude grasslands, Columbia offers birders an amazing array of habitats and nearly 1,900 bird species. 



Light Rail Tree Removal


June (1). Light rail is coming to Lynnwood. In early May 2019, Sound Transit began clearing trees along I-5 to make way for the track. This tree loss is difficult for many in our community, particularly because this removal coincides with peak nesting season.



Forest of Notre-Dame


May (2). When Notre-Dame de Paris burned a couple of weeks ago, it came as a surprise to some that the attic of this stone edifice was made of wood. The attic, which was called “The Forest,” was constructed of enormous oak beams, each one milled by hand from a single oak. 



Seattle's Urban Forest


May (1). Seattle Audubon is interested in protecting our city’s urban forest. When the opportunity arose to serve as the NGO Representative on Seattle’s Urban Forestry Commission, we jumped on it. Explore Seattle's urban forest with Urban Conservation Manager Josh Morris.



Backyard Birding


April (1). Birds are everywhere these days; singing at dawn, nest-building, courting, playing cards...Playing cards? There’s another bird-themed game on the scene, this one with a distinctly local angle.



Beauty of Urban Birds



March (1). For Tiffany, her love for wildlife and wanting to connect with others who enjoyed the same first led her to birding in New York City.



Etta's Liberating Birding


February (2). In the same way, birders’ experiences are as diverse as the hues of the birds themselves. For Black History Month and quickly approaching Women’s History Month, we are highlighting a few black women birders who are members of the Seattle Audubon community. 



Black History Month Display



February (1). Seattle Audubon’s Nature Shop is quietly becoming a destination bookstore for books about environmental justice and nature titles by authors of color, thanks to the purposeful curation of store manager, David Garcia.


Birding Magnolia



January (2). I was walking in Discovery Park with naturalist, photographer, and author Paul Bannick—appropriately dubbed “The Owl Whisperer”—and he asked, “What are your hopes and expectations?” 



Seabirds and Slicks


January (1). The Trans Mountain Pipline expansion would triple the pipeline’s capacity, increase oil tanker traffic in the area by approximately 700%, and elevate risk to wildlife and human communities. In response to the proposed expansion, Seattle Audubon submitted a comment letter to Canada’s National Energy Board for several reasons.




Youth CBC 2018



December 2018 (2).  In its second year, the Youth CBC had a spike in popularity, with a record number of 43 participants on hand this year. Birders ranged from parents with strollers, to adolescents and teens with their own binoculars, allowing us to split into two groups. 


Garry Minor's Gift



December 2018 (1).  And his family, his son Scott Minor, wanted this simple, non-materialistic nature man’s gift to be in support of the birds and the animals that live on this planet—the friends Garry Minor had grown to love.



Nature Shop Q& A


October 2018 (2).  Birds of The Pacific Northwest is an all-in-one regional field guide, published by Seattle Audubon, is unique to any on the market today, containing an impressive depth of information, from habitat preferences to vocalizations, to feeding behaviors.




Birding Rainier View 



October 2018 (1). ...whatever satisfies your birding sweet tooth, good birding is what we make of it. If we tend to seek only the rare or uncommon birds, we may tend to overlook the birds we have in our midst.



New Staff


September 2018 (2).  Seattle Audubon recently added three new employees: A Member Services Associate and two AmeriCorps Urban Environmental Educators. Below is a way to get to know the newest members of the flock through a fun Q & A.



Bike Birding



September 2018 (1). Birders already have a reputation for being, shall we say, a dedicated bunch, so throwing cycling into the mix takes birding a zealous step further. 



Birding West Seattle



August 2018 (2). West Seattle, a conglomeration of diverse habitats — ravines, riparian and salty shoreline — hosts many species of passerines, sea and shorebirds, migrating and resident, depending on the time of year.




Pacific NorthWest Insects



August 2018 (1). Dr. Merrill Peterson is releasing Pacific Northwest Insects, a user-friendly, comprehensive guide to over 3,000 insect species. This Q & A, where the author dives into his personal interests, passion for insects, and motivation for creating the book, was conducted electronically by The Nature Shop. 



People birding with app
Birding Playbacks 



July 2018 (2). From the annoyance of realizing a song you heard is someone’s cell phone to the justified concern of playback overuse and possible disturbance of the very birds we revere, playbacks can be a contentious issue.



David of Seattle Audubon
Diversity Outdoors 


July 2018 (1). Seattle Audubon partnered with local organizations to create space for discussion. The event, Diversity in the Outdoors: Presentations & Conversations, included presentations from Glenn Nelson, founder of The Trail Posse, Michelle Piñon, Washington Program Coordinator for Latino Outdoors, Sarneshea Evans from IslandWood’s graduate program, and Syren Nagakyrie, founder of Disabled Hikers.



Author on Mountain
Noticing My Landscapes


June 2018 (2). The first bird I ever noticed was the American Robin, an experience heightened by a contest my kindergarten teacher created. Mrs. Beak told my class that she would reward the first person who saw and reported seeing the first robin of the spring. 




Birding My Neighborhood


June 2018 (1). Seattle Audubon is proud to introduce a new series for the blog, Birding My Neighborhood, with volunteer, writer, and amateur photographer Caryn Schutzler. Caryn appropriately begins the series with a birder’s view of her own neighborhood, which she shares with our Nature Shop—Wedgwood.



Beers for Birds


May 2018. A cold brew on a sultry summer evening disarms the typically serious birder crowd gathered for a session of bird-themed trivia at a local pub. No birds here to add to your life list, but you’ll be sure of the companionship of fellow birders, ready to knock one back and show off their bird-nerdery.




Trip Report: Guatemala


March 2018. Over 10 days in February, a group of nine, intrepid travelers set off with Seattle Audubon in partnership with National Audubon’s International Alliances Program and Holbrook Travel. Read about their encounters with Long-tailed Manakins, Roadrunners, and more on the Seattle Audubon blog!




Citizen Science in Action


February 2018. Bundled up against the coastal winds with a steaming cup of tea at his side, Seattle Audubon science committee chair Peter Hodum peers through a scope at a small, silhouette on the water. He and a cadre of over 200 volunteers are counting seabirds this afternoon, as part of the Puget Sound Seabird Survey (PSSS), the only multi-month survey of live seabirds in the Puget Sound region.




A Sense of Place


August 2017(1). Attending the 2017 Audubon Convention last month in Park City, Utah, broadened Community Engagement Manager Wendy Walker's perspective, and helped her place the local urban work we do in Seattle in a national context. Wendy shares just a few of the many things she brought back.




Trip Report: Young Birders


July 2017(1). This year, Melissa Melloy, Americorps Service Member and Education Coordinator, was lucky to be the Young Birders leader and chose to celebrate the close of our program year with a weekend of birding around Wenatchee and Leavenworth. Along with trip co-leader (Seattle Audubon’s Community Engagement Manager Wendy Walker), the Young Birders headed east of the Cascades.



Staff Perspective: John


June 2017(2). With the recent declaration that the United States would be withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, it’s easy to feel like the rug has been pulled out from under us when it comes to action on climate change. Fortunately, Seattle Audubon is developing a very thoughtful approach to these issues.



Nature Camp


June 2017(1). When June arrives to Seattle, restless parents and school kids are one foot in the schoolroom and one foot out the door into the priceless three months of summer in the Pacific Northwest. And at Seattle Audubon, the education staff are ramping up for the biggest educational program of the year, Nature Camp. 



Birdathon Trip Report


May 2017(2). Bryony Angell recounts her "Big Day" for Bird-a-thon 2017. The idea for a Birdathon (similar in concept to a walk-or-read-a-thon) is exploiting a birder’s obsession for detail, love for travel, and drive to one-up our fellow birdathonners for most species seen or heard on our chosen day in May. Or not.



Profile: Liz Clatyon Fuller


May 2017(1). Liz Clayton Fuller is only in her mid-20s and already an accomplished artist in the scientific illustration field. Through dedicated honing of her skill through field work, art education, networking and social media (she has over 14 thousand followers on instagram), Clayton Fuller has developed a career that includes not only academic illustration but teaching, fine art, and hopefully one day, field guide illustration.



Neighborhood Flyways



April 2017(2). On a recent April afternoon of rare blue sky and sunshine, a group of about 100 Seattleites gathered at the historic Town Hall on First Hill to talk about the future of urban tree canopy preservation at the Neighborhood Flyways Symposium.



Trip Report: Ecuador


April 2017(1). There are moments of rapture in the life of a nature lover, and it doesn’t matter if you are rookie or seasoned veteran. Tropical birdsong evoked one such moment, capturing the wonderment of everyone on a recent Seattle Audubon International Birding Trip Program tour in Ecuador.





March 2017(2). Keith Geller's and Penny Bolton's yards are each an urban laboratory in developing advice and techniques for others wanting to attract birds to their own yards. But more fundamentally, their yards are a stopover on the neighborhood flyway of interconnected public and private green belts that birds rely on.



Family-Friendly Fests



March 2017(1). An organized bird festival can be a transformative experience, bringing family to a new environment within a structured, curated approach that both gets you someplace new and takes the mystery out of figuring it out yourself (ideal conditions if you’re with kids). 



Profile: I. Arévalo Wong



February 2017(2). We spoke to Izzy Arévalo Wong at length about her history with the organization, her years of advocacy for diversity in the conservation movement, what she recommends for increasing inclusion, and the upcoming class on nature drawing that she is teaching this March as part of the SAS Spring class series.



Backyard Bird Count


February 2017(1). The Zimmermans--longtime Seattle Audubon members and volunteers, as well as Master Birders and former board members--host a wildlife Shangri-la on their small parcel of suburbia. It's a perfect place for a Backyard Bird Count!




WA Bird Year


January 2017(2). In the tradition of a birder’s Big Year, which can have a birder running all over the country to count birds, Jen McKeirnan instead  focused her project on Washington state birdlife.




Kids & Birds


January 2017(1). What is the moment that captures a kid’s interest in birds? When and how does that interest start? We went straight to the source: Seattle Audubon sat down with three young members to learn how each of them arrived at their “bird-nerdery.” 





NBP: Citizen Science



December 2016(2). Seattle Audubon’s volunteer citizen scientists gather every month of the year to audit Seattle’s urban parks for bird species as part of SAS’s Neighborhood Bird Project. 





Binocular Q&A


December 2016(1). Many fans of Seattle Audubon are also serious birders (or bird-watchers), and with birding comes binoculars and other optics that enhance the experience and discovery of birds in the field. 





Staff Profile: David Garcia


November 2016. David Garcia, 25, is Seattle Audubon's Nature Shop manager, a millennial, and an advocate for diversity in the environmental movement. 







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