Board member Anthony Floyd (right) shares a view of an osprey nest in Rainier Beach (photo by Glenn Nelson)
No longer a barrier, our new name, Birds Connect Seattle™ represents an open door for new communities to join us in our mission to advocate and organize for cities where people and birds thrive.
Our announcement on March 28 sets in motion a process of legal and logistical updates, logo design, website re-design, and messaging that we believe will culminate in our fully doing business as Birds Connect Seattle in June.
“Connection” was a concept that was repeatedly raised in our focus groups, surveys, and community conversations. Birds connect people to one another and the world around us in limitless ways.
Birds connect families. So many of our members have spoken about how birds help them feel connected to their families, both past and present. They shared stories about a departed grandparents’ love for hummingbirds and how seeing them keeps their memory alive. We’ve heard about children building nest boxes with their parents or bonding with a sibling over an unexpected owl encounter.
Birds connect habitats. We are fortunate in the Puget Sound region to be surrounded by a wide variety of habitats with birds often serving as a bridge between them. Harlequin Ducks, who visit the lowlands in winter, migrate to mountain elevations to breed in the summer. Marbled Murrelets, who nest in old growth forest only to spend the majority of their lives at sea.
Birds connect hemispheres. Birds profoundly illustrate the need for a global conversation ethic. We’ve heard about the comfort birds bring to immigrants arriving in new country, being greeted by familiar feathered friends. Yellow Warblers, who spend their winters in Central and South America, come to the Pacific Northwest to breed and raise their young. And lest we forget the awe-inspiring Arctic Terns who pass by our shorelines as they traverse the globe in their pole-to-pole migration.
Birds connect communities. Most importantly, we believe that birds bring diverse groups of people together, both within a community and between them. We have seen this time and again through our partnerships and community outreach activities.
Birds connect all these things and more. If you’re not already a member, we invite you to come along in this next chapter for our organization. Your membership supports our mission to advocate and organize for cities where people and birds thrive. Join us!
Read more about how we found our new name here.
Birds Connect Seattle™ was specifically chosen for its potential to be used as part of a broader naming convention. For more information on behalf of a sibling chapter, please complete our interest form.