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Puget Sound Water Front

The Puget Sound region consists of Puget Sound itself, the islands of Puget Sound, the Kitsap Peninsula, plus the mainland counties which form both the western and eastern sides of Puget Sound leading up to the edges of the watershed in the high crests of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. Read more...
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Edmonds Marsh

The Edmonds Marsh is one of the few urban saltwater estuaries remaining in the Puget Sound area. Before settlement this salt marsh occupied nearly 40 acres. Development has reduced this area to 22.5 acres. Read more...
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Guided Birding Walks

Edmonds is stop #1 on the Cascades Loop of “The Great Washington State Birding Trail” map, recently developed by Audubon Washington. The trail includes seven loops, highlighting the best birding sites throughout the state. Visit prime birding locations in Edmonds, such as Puget Sound waterfront, the Edmonds Marsh, Yost Park and other natural areas. Read more...

In May 2020, an incident involving a black birder and white dog-walker in Central Park shone a national spotlight on the dangers of racism faced by black birders in America. The incident mobilized black birders, nature lovers, scientists, and outdoor enthusiasts to organize the first Black Birders Week.  

 

“For far too long, Black people in the United States have been shown that outdoor exploration activities are not for us...whether it be the way the media chooses to present who is the ‘outdoorsy’ type, or the racism Black people experience when we do explore the outdoors, as we saw recently in Central Park. Well, we’ve decided to change that narrative.”   - Corina Newsome, Georgia Southern University biology graduate student and Black birder, one of many young Black birders who created #BlackBirdersWeek

 

Follow the links on this page to access resources that highlight the conversation started during #BlackBirdersWeek. 

Birding While Black: A Candid Conversation
Live conversations hosted and recorded by the National Audubon Society 

Watch both episodes of Birding While Black, candid conversations with young Black birdwatchers to hear their stories of discovering birds and their unique experiences of birding while Black in America. 

Birding While Black: A Candid Convesation Session 1 (video)

Birding While Black: A Candid Conversation Session 2 (video)

 

The Key to Racial Diversity in the Outdoors: Making People Feel Safe
Eilis O'Neill, KUOW aired on July 14, 2020

KUOW Photo Eilis ONeillAn interview with Joey Manson, Director of the Seward Park Audubon Center. As the only Black Director among 40 such centers nationwide, Manson has made it his mission to make sure everyone — especially people of color — feels safe outdoors in Seattle.

 Listen here (approx. 5 minutes)

 

 

 

5 Key Lessons To Take Home From The First #BlackBirdersWeek
Gustave Axelson, Cornell Lab. From the Summer 2020 issue of Living Bird Magazine.

In his article, 5 Key Lessons To Take Home From The First #BlackBirdersWeek, author Gustave Axelson identifies several key themes that emerged. 

  1. The Cooper Incident Wasn’t Unusual; Black Birders Often Feel Unwelcome

  2. Happy Places Are Essential

  3. Please Don’t Dismiss Talk About The Black Birding Experience As “Political”

  4. Representation Matters

  5. How We Can Support Black Birders

Read the whole article here (approx. 5 minutes

 

Birds of North America with Jason Ward
T.V. Documentary Series: Two seasons

When he was 14 years old, Jason Ward watched a Peregrine Falcon eating a pigeon on his windowsill in the Bronx, sparking a passion for bird watching in the young teen. He now takes viewers through NYC and other cities around the country meeting birders and bird enthusiasts of all kinds in this fun and informative documentary series.

CLICK HERE to watch the entire series 

 

Follow the conversation on social media

From the creators of Black Birders Week, follow @BlackAFinSTEM on Twitter and Instagram for additional perspectives. 

 

 

A special thank you to Seattle Audubon for helping compile this information.

 

Birds of Edmonds, Washington

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A Complete Checklist

 Compiled and donated to the City of Edmonds by Ted Peterson, and is the result of 14 years of observations. It includes birds seen in all types of habitats within the city limits of Edmonds, Washington. The best places with public access to look for birds are the Edmonds Marsh, parks on the Puget Sound shoreline, the Public Fishing Pier, and Yost Memorial Park. See the Great Washington State Birding Trail – Cascades Loop for more great birding sites near Edmonds.
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Best Birding Practices

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Birders should keep an appropriate distance from all species they observe. Stay on marked trails and avoid entering restricted areas, no matter how tempting it may be to venture closer to a bird. Disturbing a bird’s feeding area or nesting sites can cause unhealthy stress and fear that may drive the bird away, not only out of range of the birder’s observations but permanently forcing the bird to find a safer, less disturbed habitat where it will not be able to be observed.

The goals of Puget Sound Bird Fest are to: Promote local birding, and conservation of habitat. Educate residents on bird-friendly gardening and the Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program. 

Link up with the City of Edmonds

You can easily find complete tourist information about lodging, dining and shopping in Edmonds just by browsing Visitedmonds.com.

Steering Committee

The Puget Sound Bird Fest Steering Committee is composed of the following members of the community and City of Edmonds staff:

Cindi Cruz - City of Edmonds, Community Services & Economic Development
Jennifer Leach - Environmental Education & Sustainability Coordinator, City of Edmonds
Susie Schaefer - Program Chair, Pilchuck Audubon Society

Bird Fest Contact

425-771-0227

Jennifer.leach[at]edmondswa.gov