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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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
  • 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 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

January Meeting

  • Tuesday January 8th from 7:00pm-8:30. We will have Master Birder Joe Sweeney in attendance to give a talk on seabird identification. Improve, learn, or test your seabird identification at this meeting; in preparation for an upcoming field trip to the Edmonds Pier.

Meetings are held at Seattle Audubon Society office at: 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.

Edmonds Pier "see"-birding 

Saturday, January 12th from 9:00am-12:00pm. Join us at the Edmonds Pier with seabird expert Joe Sweeney. For the full experience, make sure to attend the seabird ID class that Joe Sweeney will be hosting for Young Birders at our meeting on Tuesday, January 8th!

Green Lake Duck Draw

Saturday, January 19th from 10:00am-1:00pm. Join Seattle Audubon for a morning of birding and drawing. We will spend an hour in the field learning about and identifying the variety of ducks living in and around Green Lake. Then we will head across the street to warm up at the Green Lake Library with hot cider and snacks and a lesson and activity on how to draw the ducks we just spotted. This family focused event will also introduce the annual Junior Duck Stamp Contest and provide attendees with the resources to enter their own duck art for a chance to win a place on a commemorative stamp.





Volunteer Hours and Science Projects


Youth Christmas Bird Count 

Saturday, December 15th from 10:00am-12:00pm. A two hour bird count in Discovery Park with help from expert birders. Afterwards we will reconvene for warm wintery drinks and snacks! This is a family friendly event and birders of all skill level are welcome. Young Birders will have the option of participating in the count or helping lead count groups. This event will count for two service learning hours. Please register for the Youth CBC 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 *


Want to earn more 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 apart of a research team.

Puget Sound Seabird Survey (PSSS)

Neighborhood Bird Project

Sevretive Wetland Bird Monitoring with Puget Sound Bird Observatory




Bird Banding Photo by Miles Whitworth

 Young Birder holding Bud Anderson's Kestrel














American Bittern - Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge 


 “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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