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Young Birders - A birding club for teens

Teens enjoying and protecting the natural world through science, service, exploration and experience.

Young Birders trip to Washington Pass, 2019


                                                  YOUNG BIRDERS

Young Birders is open to all teens interested in birds and nature!

 Email youngbirders@seattleaudubon.org for a registration form or more information.



About Young Birders  

Young Birders brings together teens between the ages of 13-18, who have an interest 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.

  • Make new friends who share your interests - all of whom are 13-18 years old 
    Puget Sound Seabird Survey - 2019


  • 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 Anna Murphy (206-523-8243 ext. 117), or email us 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 by 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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