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Birds Connect Seattle

Seattle, WA   |  birdsconnectsea.org

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Mission

Birds Connect Seattle advocates and organizes for cities where people and birds thrive.

Ruling year info

1978

Executive Director

Ms. Claire Catania

Main address

8050 35th Ave NE

Seattle, WA 98115 USA

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Formerly known as

Seattle Audubon Society

Seattle Audubon

EIN

91-6009716

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Bird populations and species diversity are declining across North America and in the Seattle area as a result of climate change and urban hazards. Seattle Audubon understands the deep connection between the health of both birds and people in our city. We envision our local cities integrating and valuing nature, minimizing threats to birds, and protecting habitat.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Environmental Education

Birds Connect Seattle education programs aim to expand people's understanding of birds, ecology, conservation, and joy for birdwatching.

PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH:
-summer Nature Camp
-Young Birders teen program
-Fledglings and Friends preschool story and activity time
-Youth Membership with a youth-centered newsletter
-Educator Resources including downloadable activities and curriculum, classroom visits and presentations, and education kits available for rental for elementary through high school ages

PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS:
-Neighborhood Bird Outings and Field Trips to get outside and birdwatch for enjoyment and learning
-Classes taught online and in-person on specific bird topics
-Bird University class series designed for advanced birders structured around Washington's ecoregions
-BirdWeb.org is an online tool with information, facts, and resources about Washington birds
-Speaker Series highlighting presenters from diverse backgrounds and lived experiences

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Urban environments pose unique challenges for birds including altered access to resources, increased collisions with buildings, reduced habitat quality and connectivity, pollution, and domestic cats. Birds Connect Seattles Urban envisions Seattle as a place where both people and birds thrive.

Our urban conservation work includes:
-advocating for bird-safe building policies,
-reducing anticoagulant rodenticide (rat poison) use,
-maintaining and expanding the quality and connectivity of our city's tree canopy and other valuable habitat and green spaces,
-keeping cats indoors
-and providing opportunities for our community to make their voice hear to local law and policy makers through participating in conservation and environmental justice advocacy.

Population(s) Served
Adults

NEIGHBORHOOD BIRD PROJECT monitors bird species diversity in urban wildlife habitats throughout the Seattle area, and empowers community members to become advocates for wildlife habitat conservation.

SEATTLE BIRD COLLISION MONITORING aims to better understand and prevent bird window collisions in the Seattle by monitoring commercial and residential buildings for evidence of collisions.

DBIRD.ORG is an online tool that allows anyone to report a dead or injured bird. This data helps us track human-related causes of bird mortality and injury.

CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT is coordinated locally by Birds Connect Seattle to monitor winter bird populations across the United States.

CLIMATE WATCH explores how North American birds are responding to climate change.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Birds Connect Seattle Nature Shop is your complete source for bird- and nature-related merchandise, providing essential funding through its profits for the activities and programs of Birds Connect Seattle. Our expert staff and volunteers can assist customers to prepare for:
- a birdwatching adventure, including loaner binoculars and field guides,
- backyard bird feeding with advice on seed, feeder placement, and feeder selection,
- advice and products like window-collision deterrents to make your residence safer for wild birds
- and fun gifts for fellow bird-lovers

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults
Families
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Science

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of clients participating in educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Environmental Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of children and teens receiving environmental education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Environmental Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

people inspired through community outreach programs

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The City of Seattle is home to at least 75 species of breeding birds, and an additional 34 likely breed within city limits. There are as many as 109 bird species that rely on a healthy urban environment to sustain them, to say nothing of migratory visitors. Moreover, scientists agree that climate change is the greatest threat to birds; Audubon's peer-reviewed research shows that roughly half of all North American bird species are threatened with the loss of at least 50 percent of their habitat by 2080. Protecting the places that birds need in a warmer world is paramount. To that end, Seattle Audubon is determined to advance the habitat connectivity and landscape-scale resilience essential to help bird populations adapt to a truly global threat. These threats make clear the challenges that birds face and they transcend state and national boundaries, which is what makes the extensive Audubon network so absolutely critical. Seattle Audubon's local work is a crucial piece of the hemispheric-scale conservation work of the entire network. We are poised to exert significant leadership in engaging new communities, empowering citizens to restore healthy bird habitats, and building a more resilient natural system in the face of climate change. We know that by conducting high-quality outreach and education with our community we can increase appreciation of birds and their ecosystems. Developing citizens' knowledge of birds and promoting scientific inquiry enhances understanding. By instilling leadership and the skills to act, we develop our members' means of engaging in direct conservation action, which protects birds and their habitats.

Seattle Audubon aims to achieve our vision for the future by focusing our work in three main areas:

Urban Conservation: We will advocate for bird-safe cities with new emphasis on reducing anticoagulant rodenticide use, maintaining our city's tree canopy, and promoting bird-friendly building practices. Our education programs will include specific conservation calls to action for attendees.

Equity: We are taking steps to understand and eradicate racial inequity and injustice in our field and in our own organization, shifting our culture and practices to create welcoming spaces where everyone can enjoy the wonder of birds and nature.

Resilience: We will continue to be excellent stewards of our existing resources as we simultaneously work to diversify and develop our funding sources. We will further develop our valued staff, board and leadership to maximize retention.

Since 1916, Seattle Audubon members and volunteers have continually worked for the protection, restoration and preservation of natural habitat for birds and other wildlife. These years of experience have never been more important than today as the growth in our region stresses many habitats and their inhabitants. Faithful volunteers work hand-in-hand with dedicated staff to provide education programs to children and adults, to engage neighborhoods in community science projects, and to protect birds and nature through conservation activities. Field trips give members the opportunity to enjoy birding from waters of Puget Sound to the shrub-steppe of Eastern Washington. Volunteers at the Seattle Audubon Nature Center staff a bird question hotline and sell quality backyard bird supplies and gifts through the Nature Shop.

Seattle Audubon is currently embarking on a new effort to improve the organizations equity, inclusion, and engagement of underrepresented communities within the environmental movement. This is a critical element of our new strategic plan. We are engaged with several of our partners to understand how our allies are meeting the challenges of engaging diverse audiences. We all share the common goal of ensuring that everyone benefits from our progress and programs. It's clear we have significant support from our partners for developing more inclusive environmental programs, overcoming barriers to engagement, and aligning our priorities with communities who may have never heard of Seattle Audubon. It's hard work, and we're all learning and figuring it out as we proceed, but genuine equity work is like a muscle, it gets stronger the more we exercise it. When we say that we want to ensure that those served by Seattle Audubon represent the demographics of the city we call home, we know it will take time and a consistent focus and practice to achieve the reality we envision. Some people might say, What does Seattle Audubon Society have to do with race and equality? Well, the answer is: why shouldn't it? Equity, inclusion, and connecting with diverse communities is essential for the long term success of any organization, especially one so focused on engaging new audiences. Seattle Audubon is recognized as a formidable force in our community, so why not apply the weight and tenacity of our history to an area of urgent need that just happens to currently have the nation's attention? Now can be a transformative time for our work in urban conservation and community engagement. It's up to us to consider how far we go with it. We can tell you, from our view here in the crow's nest, the horizon is clear and we are only limited by what we can think we can accomplish.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Birds Connect Seattle

Board of directors
as of 02/15/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Andrew Schepers

Starbucks

Term: 2022 - 2025

Andrew Schepers

Starbucks

Amanda Virbitsky

The Mountaineers

Katie Amrhein-Dang

Snohomish Conservation District

Anthony Floyd

University of Washington

Andres Hiltbrunner

Megan Ko

Sharon Wada

Jill Fleming

Nathan Maltos

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/21/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/24/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.