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Seattle Audubon Activities & COVID-19

Updated March 24, 2020, 4:30 p.m.

Following Governor Inslee's Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, Seattle Audubon is responding with additional changes to our activities through April. We undertake these changes to reduce risks for our community. We will continue to evaluate as new information becomes available. (Resources are listed at the end of this document.)

Contact information for the relevant staff is listed for each activity, if you have further questions or concerns. Seattle Audubon is also following recommendations for employers, and staff are working from home (Staff Directory). Through this challenging time in our community, we encourage everyone to act with kindness and compassion, and to support those in the community who most need our collective actions to help reduce the spread of this disease. 


GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • Avoid close contact with others.‚Äč
  • Stay home when you are sick. Do not go out in public when you are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or tissue and wash your hands immediately afterward.
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and water.
  • If no soap is available, use a hand sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol content.
  • Don't touch your face. 

CANCELLED ACTIVITIES

Classes

  • Classes to be held in April will be cancelled and/or re-scheduled. Registered participants will be contacted directly and refunds issued. We will re-evaluate May classes as new information becomes available.
  • Contact: Christine Scheele, Program Director | christines@seattleaudubon.org

Field Trips and Neighborhood Bird Walks

International Trips 

  • International trips are being rescheduled from spring 2020 to later this year. Individual participants have been contacted. 

MODIFIED ACTIVITIES

Volunteer Assignments

  • Volunteers identified by public health officials as being at higher risk of complications from COVID-19, should stay home. This includes people:
    • Over 60 years old
    • People with underlying health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes
    • People who have weakened immune systems
    • People who are pregnant
  • Seattle Audubon will be modifying or cancelling many volunteer activities, including some bird surveys and outreach events. Volunteers will hear directly from their designated staff liaisons prior to your scheduled activity about any changes or cancellations.
  • Committee meetings will either occur virtually or be postponed. Committee chairs and/or staff liaisons will contact volunteers directly with more information regarding specific meetings and events.
  • Contact: Wendy Walker, Community Engagement Manager | wendyw@seattleaudubon.org

The Nature Shop


UNDER REVIEW

Nature Camp

  • Seattle Audubon is currently evaluating the implications of the COVID-19 outbreak on our summer Nature Camps. We will update our website as we learn more about how these activities may or may not be impacted. Registered participants with specific concerns can contact their pre-designated staff person.

We encourage everyone to keep informed of developments, as this situation is rapidly evolving. Seattle Audubon will continue to follow and adhere to recommendations issued by the CDC and/or Public Health — Seattle & King County. Any changes to our programs and activities will be posted on our website, www.seattleaudubon.org. General inquires made to the Seattle Audubon Nature Shop phone line at (206) 523-4483 or info@seattleaudubon.org will be checked periodically. Please allow for a delay in response. 

 

Sincerely,

Claire Catania, Executive Director

Jennifer McKeirnan, Board President

 

Resources

Washington State Coronavirus Response: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/

Public Health — Seattle & King County updates: www.publichealthinsider.com

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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