We hope you—our members—enjoy this issue of EarthCare Northwest, exploring the many ways we can enhance our home habitats to attract and keep birds safe.

Connecting Urban Nature

How can we improve access and connectivity for people and wildlife? Seattle Audubon, the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict, and the Seattle Bird Conservation Partnership are finalizing a guide to improving habitat values and human access to green space in urban Seattle.

Patio Pals: The Birds and the Bees

While full-scale gardening allows for a large, varied planting palette that birds love, container gardening on a balcony or patio can also provide habitat. Jose Gonzales, a local garden professional and plant expert, walks us through how to get the most out of a small space container garden that encourages birds and other natural pollinators to thrive.

Take the Backyard Habitat Quiz

How does your outdoor space measure up? Have you minimized threats to birds? Are you offering food, water, and shelter options? Discover some obvious and subtle ways you can create a wildlife haven in your own backyard.

Tim-ber? … Not So Fast: The Important Role of Dead and Dying Trees

Trees are essential for birds, even when the tree is dead or dying. We hear from Stuart Niven, a professional arborist, about how snags and woody debris can remain in your yard safely, and provide excellent habitat and food resources for birds.

Saturday, April 9, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Mark your calendar, and come by the Seattle Audubon Nature Shop to see our plant selection, all from local growers.

While you are there, enjoy a native plant scavenger hunt of over 40 species around the Seattle Audubon property. 

Image credits: Bewick’s Wren by Sylvia Hunt/Audubon Photography Awards, Red-winged Blackbird by Chimperil59/Canva, Capitol Hill Seattle Aerial Shot by Seastock/Canva, Container vegetables by Vaivirga/Canva, Backyard habitat quiz by Hanae Bettencourt, Western Screech-owl nestling by Ken Shults/Audubon Photography Awards, Red-flowering Currant by Dave Logan/Canva