Conservation Advocacy

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Taking Action

Seattle Audubon advocates and organizes for cities where people and birds thrive. We frequently act on issues relating to urban forestry, bird-safe building design, pesticide reduction, and more. Read about our current and past conservation advocacy work here.

Join the Seattle Conservation Activist Network

The Seattle Conservation Activist Network (SCAN) email list is focused on local conservation news and action alerts. When you join and participate, you help Seattle Audubon become a stronger and more effective conservation organization. As a SCAN-er, we’ll notify you when opportunites arise to advocate for Seattle-area cities where people and birds thrive.

Current Action Alerts

Protect trees as Seattle grows.

Momentum is building to improve tree protections in Seattle. We need to keep the pressure on to ensure we’re effectively managing, funding, and planning for an equitably distributed, climate-resilient urban forest. 

Support bird-safe standards for public buildings. 

Each year up to one billion birds are killed in the United States after colliding with glass. These deaths are preventable. Please urge your U.S. legislators to co-sponsor and support bird-safe standards for public buildings through H.R. 1986 / S. 791 today!

Tell us your collision story.

Has a bird ever hit your window? Tell us your story and help make Seattle-area cities safer for birds.  

Past Action Alerts

Protect trees for a climate-resilient city. The heatwave our region experienced at the end of June 2021 made clear that the deadly impacts of climate change are here. We must act now to improve our resilience and prepare for the future. An equitably-distributed and protected urban forest is one of our best hopes for becoming a climate-resilient city. Join us in urging Seattle city leaders to improve urban forest protections today. (ended spring 2022)

Support urgent climate solutions. Sign in pro for the Washington STRONG Act. The Washington STRONG Act would raise billions of dollars for immediate investments in meaningful climate solutions. Learn how you can support this important climate action in under one minute. (ended March 4, 2021)

Ensure the Washington STRONG Act gets a public hearing. Climate change is the biggest threat to the future of people and birds. This legislative session, we have the opportunity to make a big investment toward a more livable future. Join us in urging our representatives to set a hearing for the act! (ended Feb 19, 2021)

Ask Dept. of Construction and Inspections for stronger protections for trees on private property (public comment ended Aug. 17, 2020)

Publications and Letters

We regularly issue organizational comments on policies that affect people and birds. Links to past letters coming soon.


  • Public Comment to Seattle Dept. of Construction and Inspections regarded proposed Director’s Rule on trees
  • Letter to Shoreline City Council in Support of Save Shoreline Trees’ Efforts to Preserve Trees along Dayton Ave 
  • Urging Mayor Durkan’s Support for Updating Seattle’s Tree Protection Ordinance
  • Urging Seattle Area State Senators to Improve Oil Transportation Safety (HB 1578)
  • Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program Draft Environmental Impact Statement 
  • Urging Representative Jayapal to co-sponsor the Bird-Safe Buildings Act
  • Letter in Opposition to Canadian Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion
  • RE: Currently Proposed Changes to Seattle Tree Protection Ordinance
  • Strengthening Seattle’s tree ordinances
  • Support for the Native Plant Garden at Mercerdale Park, Mercer Island
  • Letter to our Senator to defend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act
  • King County Land Conservation Initiative
  • Wayne Golf Course – Bothell, WA
  • Thanking our Senator for fighting for Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
  • Protection for Snow Lakes – Alpine Lakes Wilderness
  • Increased protection for Sharp-tailed Grouse
  • Seattle Audubon in support of Discovery Park Strategic Plan
  • In support of Puget Sound being a No-Discharge Zone


Litigation can be an important advocacy tool. Read about Seattle Audubon’s involvement, if any, in the challenges below.

Redevelopment at Fort Lawton:

  • Native Wildlife Protective Organization v. City of Seattle: Not Involved
  • Discovery Park Community Alliance & Elizabeth Campbell v. City of Seattle: Not involved

Marbled Murrelet Long-term Conservation Strategy:

  • Marbled Murrelet and Public Lands: Supportive, though not party