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


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.



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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


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
    • There are two Young Birders groups: Junior, for those in middle school, and Senior, for those in high school
  • Enjoy amazing places in the natural world  
  • Gain skills and experience that could help launch an environmental career 
  • Earn service-learning credits through citizen 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 Melissa at 206-523-8243 ext. 107 or morganm@seattleaudubon.org.

Monthly Meetings

Come to our next meeting in Fall 2017 (date TBD - please check back)

to hear about our upcoming Young Birders year of 17/18!

More details will be posted when a date is set. 

Meetings are held at Seattle Audubon Society office at: 

             8050 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115   

                                                                                                                                           Seattle Audubon Society Office

Field Trips

Field Trips around Washington state occur every other month from October through June. Field trips allow students to develop and hone their bird identification skills and to engage with other young birders. Imagine sighting and identifying more than 75 bird species in one day!

Field trip destinations may include: Skagit Valley, Union Bay Natural Area, Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Discovery Park, Edmonds Pier, Juanita Bay Park, Magnuson Park and more!

American Bittern - Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Volunteer Hours and Science Projects


Earn Service-Learning hours by participating in our science and volunteer opportunities. We participate in Seattle Audubon's Citizen Science project: Puget Sound Seabird Survey (PSSS), and as a Young Birder you'll have the opportunity to help with other important Seattle Audubon projects, events and environmental activities. Interested members may also help lead nature walks for the public and younger students.


Young Birder teens participate in real life, hands-on ccience projects. Teens in our program have unique opportunity that may include learning about bird banding with Puget Sound Bird Observatory (PSBO), meeting with professional ornitholigists such Bud Anderson and interacting one-on-one with his raptors, and working with Master Birders on field trips and PSSS sites.


Bird Banding Photo by Miles Whitworth

 Young Birder holding Bud Anderson's Kestrel  


 “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


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