QPOC Hikers met at Union Bay Natural Area for a Bird-Safe Seattle Week event / Wendy Walker

The City of Seattle declared October 2-8, 2022, Bird-Safe Seattle Week. All week long, people who care about wild birds gathered in person and online to celebrate our feathered friends, learned about some of the risks they face, and took action to help them. More than 400 people participated in the week’s activities and 100 people wrote to the Seattle City Council and Mayor in support of birds. While the week of events is over, your neighborhood birds still need you. We invite you to continue learning and acting to help protect wild birds. Check out the recordings and resources below.

Bird-Safe Neighborhoods: Understanding and Preventing Bird-window Collisions

In this presentation, Kate Lanier, Urban Conservation Educator, explains what makes glass so deadly and what we can do at a personal and community level to make our homes and neighborhoods safer for birds. 

Happy Indoor Cat

This presentation by Penny Bolton, a specialist in Applied Animal Behavior, will give you a better understanding of cat behavior and the confidence that an indoor cat can be a happy cat.

Trees AND: How We Can Grow Our Urban Forest and Our City at the Same Time

In this presentation, you’ll learn about Seattle’s efforts to improve urban forest management and take a look at the City’s 2022 proposal for updated tree protections on private property.

Save Birds, Save Energy, and See Stars

Reducing artificial light is something we can all do to help protect wildlife. Take the Lights Out Pledge to receive guidelines and resources to get started! Click here to take the Lights Out Pledge.

Has a Bird Ever Hit Your Window?

Seattle Audubon is collecting stories about bird-window collisions to understand how people respond to bird-window collisions. How did you feel? What did you do? Your story will help us advocate for cities that are safer for birds. Click here to tell us your collision story.

Hermit Thrush killed by collision with window discovered during the Autumn 2021 pilot season of the Seattle Bird Collision Monitoring Project.

Bird Your Way

Bird-Safe Seattle Week also highlighted the variety of ways that people enjoy birds. Whether in person at a group event, on your own in a private space, or watching bird cams online, there are many ways to bring birds into your world.

This photo gallery includes images from:

  • Georgetown Tree Walk with Taha Ebrahimi
  • QPOC Hikers Birding Outing at Union Bay Natural Area
  • Owl Prowl with Latino Outdoors + Seward Park Audubon Center
  • Raptors for the Family with John the Falconer
  • Bird outing with Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold, advocating for reductions to urban hazards and stronger tree protections

Bird-Safe Seattle Every Day

Bird populations are in decline globally. That’s true for most of the bird species in Seattle, too. To keep common birds common, and prevent rare birds from going extinct, we urgently need to reduce threats to birds. Whether that’s making our windows safer for birds, keeping our cats indoors, participating in community science, advocating for policies that help birds and people, or simply helping others notice and appreciate birds, there’s something we can do every day to build a safer city for Seattle’s birds.