As our mission states, Seattle Audubon advocates and organizes for cities where people and birds thrive. Our board of directors has affirmed that the fight to protect birds and nature is not separate from the fight for equity and justice, and to succeed at one we must succeed at both. This work needs everyone—board, staff, members, and volunteers—pulling in the same direction and committed to change.
Hoot Camp is a series of educational workshops, refreshed and offered annually, intended to ensure that Seattle Audubon programming is welcoming, safe, and inclusive for all. Hoot Camp was created in direct response to feedback from community members and volunteers, who shared they did not always feel welcome when participating in Seattle Audubon’s programs. While these trainings are an important step to promoting a more inclusive culture, Hoot Camp is only the beginning. This work has the power to be transformational over time, and will require consistent practice and effort.
Investing in People
Seattle Audubon volunteers have powered impressive conservation accomplishments throughout the organization’s long history. They have created a close community that cares about birds.
While we now have a professional staff, volunteer leaders continue to represent Seattle Audubon and the organization’s values in almost every activity and program we offer. In The Nature Shop, leading a field trip or Neighborhood Bird Outing, serving on the board or a working committee, or volunteering for a youth education activity, volunteers are in a position to demonstrate those values, and are a vital connection to the organization for the public. Seattle Audubon celebrates the importance of these roles, and as an organization, have has an obligation to support volunteers’ success in fulfilling the mission, just as we do for our staff.
All staff and all volunteers in leadership roles, or who interact with the public, are encouraged to attend Hoot Camp workshops. Attendance at Hoot Camp will be required in order to volunteer for certain roles starting in 2023.
Information for Participants
All volunteers who serve in either leadership (board, commitees) or public facing (Nature Shop, field trips, Neighborhood Bird Outings, community science leaders) are expected to participate in these inclusive leadership trainings. These volunteers will receive Save-the-Date messages annually, and will be invited to online make-up sessions if they are unavailable to attend the annual in-person session.
- Participation in this leadership development training will be a mandatory prerequisite for many existing volunteer roles, beginning in 2023.
- We will offer online make-up sessions regularly.
If you are not currently a part of one of the above volunteer groups but would like to attend Hoot Camp, that’s wonderful! Please contact Wendy Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
BEFORE HOOT CAMP
In order to make the most of our time together, we have prepared a few pre-work activities to prime everyone for the evergreen Hoot Camp topics. The sessions below are offered on an ongoing basis. Other sessions, particularly those with guest presenters, will not have make-up sessions on offer.
Recognizing Implicit Bias (2022 Session)
Please complete at least two of the tests at Harvard’s Project Implicit site: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html
We’d like everyone to complete the Race IAT, and then another test of your choosing.
Conservation Communications pre-work (2021 Session)
Step 1: Complete the pre-training assessment survey if you did NOT already complete it in spring 2021 .
Step 2: Watch the four conservation training videos linked below (no passwords needed; all videos set to public viewing)
- Threats to Habitat (9 minutes) | Handout for Video 1
- Climate Change (5 minutes) | Handout for Video 2
- Bird-Safe Cities (8 minutes) | Handout for Video 3
- Conservation Communication (17 minutes) | Handout for Video 4
Step 3: Complete the post-training assessment survey
Field Safety pre-work (2021 Session)
- Please watch at least three of the videos in this collection. They’re short and thought-provoking – feel free to watch them all!
- Consider these questions (no need to write anything down or send us your answers):
-Think through a time when you felt awkward, left out, or excluded in a group setting. How did it make you feel? What, specifically, made you feel this way?
-Think about a time when you joined a new group and you felt embraced. What, specifically, made you feel this way?
HOOT CAMP SCHEDULE (for in-person event only)
Save the Date for Hoot Camp 2022!
Saturday, October 29 from 10:00am-3:00pm at the SeaMar Chicano/a and Latino/a Cultural Museum in South Park.
Detailed schedule coming soon.
What we learned from our first Hoot Camp in November 2021, and what we are for planning next.
Aug 25, 2022
A guide to help discuss the issues related to dropping “Audubon” from the organizational name of the Seattle chapter.
Jul 28, 2022
The MOHAI Mercantile also has removed “Audubon” — from its shelves, in solidarity with this chapter’s removal of “Audubon” from its name.
Jul 25, 2022
A list of articles about the reckoning with the legacy of John James Audubon and his association as namesake for conservation organizations.
Not only are our Hoot Camp participants walking away with new skills in leadership, safety, and inclusion, they are also walking away with some Eddie Bauer swag. Special thanks to our friends at Eddie Bauer for donating a gift for all our 2021 Hoot Camp participants!