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.








About Young Birders

 Young Birders brings together teens between the ages of 13-18, who have an intrest in birding 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 old
  • Enjoy amazing places in the natural world  
  • Gain skills and experience that could help launch an environmental career 
  • Earn service-learning credits through community 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

June Meeting

  • Tuesday, June 18th  from 7:00- 8:30pm. The last meeting of the year! We will spend some time reminiscing about all the Young Birder activities we had this year, but also we will be planning our end of the year overnight trip! Come one, come all, this is our last chance to meet at the office as a group... well, until next season's Young Birder programming begins. 

Meetings are held at the Seattle Audubon office: 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.

Young Birders at Point No Point 2019 

June overnight road trip

School's will be our for summer soon, which means it's almost time for the Young Birders to hit the road! And our end of the year overnight road trip to the North cascades and eastern Washington will be full of great birding, and an awesome way to kick off the summer! We’ll be leaving from the Seattle Audubon office on Thursday evening, 6/27, at 6:00pm and returning Saturday evening, 6/29, at 7:00pm

Registration is due Monday, June 17th, and can be done HERE.


We have limited seating in the van so registration is first come first serve.





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 *


Make sure to check out our guide to birding trips in Washington for Young Birders and their families which you can view by clicking HERE.  
This guide was kindly created my Master Birder and Seattle Audubon volunteer, Carleen Zimmerman. 




Young Birders spot a Brown Creeper on a Kitsap Peninsula field trip, 2019 


Service Learning Hours and Science Projects


Want to earn 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 a part of a research team.

Puget Sound Seabird Survey (PSSS)

Neighborhood Bird Project

Wetland Secretive Bird Monitoring with Puget Sound Bird Observatory


 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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