Seattle Audubon Society Programs
Our conservation programs include improving urban wildlife habitat, protecting regional forests, restoring declining seabird populations in Puget Sound, and protecting and growing the urban forest of Seattle. Our strategies to promote conservation include: consumer education, advocacy, litigation, and citizen science.
We offer a diverse variety of youth and adult education programs, including: Finding Urban Nature (FUN), which provides free environmental science education to elementary school students in Seattle Public Schools; Young Birders, an out-of-school program for high school students; and our popular summer Nature Camp (scholarships available). Our adult education programs include a highly popular Master Birder program as well as a comprehensive range of classes for all levels of experience.
Our recreation programs include field trips across the region and neighborhood bird walks that provide opportunities to enjoy the birds of the region. We also maintain an online guide to the birds of Washington (www.BirdWeb.org), a comprehensive database with detailed ornithological information. Our Nature Shop offers a wide variety of the books, feeders, optical equipment, and backyard birding supplies.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Seattle Audubon successfully advocated for strengthening of the bird habitat protection policies at the local and federal level. We helped develop the City of Seattle's Urban Forest Management Plan, as well as pressed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to revise the Recovery Plan for the northern spotted owl, including new provisions recognizing the need for increased protection of owl habitat on non-federal lands.
The Finding Urban Nature (FUN) elementary school program provides more than 900 students a year with hands-on, experiential environmental education. In order to meet the ever increasing demand, funds that will help us to recruit, train, and maintain more volunteer naturalist instructors are needed. Trained volunteers and staff lead the students through eight distinct nature-related curriculum sessions throughout the school year. Students that participate in FUN on average see a 16% improvement in environmental science knowledge. FUN seeks to nurture the next generation of environmental stewards.