Suzannah Yu participates in a session about activating joy during Hoot Camp 2023 (photo by Glenn Nelson)

Volunteer leaders and staff of Birds Connect Seattle attended our third annual Hoot Camp to learn and acquire perspectives and skills in an effort to make our programs and events more enjoyable, safer, and more inclusive.

The 2023 event was held at the Phinney Neighborhood Center on Oct. 28, 2023, amid wee, sun-splashed trick-or-treaters.

Hoot Camp opened with “Acting with Compassion,” with Rex Hohlbein and Blair Jordan from Facing Homelessness.

The group then split between “White Supremacy Culture, with Erin Dury of Ampersand Community, or “Joy Actualization Workshop,” with Nacala Ayele of Joyful Practices.

Board vice-president Anthony Floyd closed the day with a session about recognizing an opioid overdose and what to do.

A shadow against a wall in a school is broken up by the reflection of the sun shining through a window.
Early morning at the Phinney Neighborhood Center (photo by Glenn Nelson).
A man with gray hair and glasses speaks before an audience in an auditorium.
Rex Hohlbein of Facing Homelessness (photo by Glenn Nelson)
A young woman with brown hair and wearing a blue vest over a bronze hoodie, is focused on a speaker while sitting between two other attendees.
Maggie MacDonald focuses during a session at Hoot Camp (photo by Glenn Nelson)
A young woman with brown hair rests her chin on her hands, the left nails painted bright red.
Ella Denman, deveopment assistant at Birds Connect Seattle (photo by Glenn Nelson)
A woman with a black mask, red shirt and black vest gestures in front of a black board and two students.
Nacala Ayele conducts her Joy Actualization workshop (photo by Glenn Nelson)
A young woman with brown hair and wearing a blue vest over a bronze hoodie, is focused on a speaker while sitting between two other attendees.
Erin Dury of Ampersand Community teaching about white supremacy (photo by Glenn Nelson)
A man with a baseball cap, glasses and gray beard holds a card while talking to a man with a mask on his right and a woman with gray hair, dressed in red and blue.
Dave Galvin, a former board president at Birds Connect Seattle (photo by Glenn Nelson)
Two women with gray hair, one dressed in blue with glasses, the other in black, share a laugh while seated at a table in an auditorium.
Judith Gordon shares a laugh with Alison Wysong, a fellow Nature Shop volunteer (photo by Glenn Nelson)
A tall man with glasses and a graying beard gestures with his fist while speaking into a microphone.
Anthony Floyd, the organization’s board vice-president, speaks about responding to an opioid overdose (photo by Glenn Nelson)
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