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Seward Park Audubon Center Marks 10 years with BirdWeek Celebration

In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the Seward Park Audubon Center wrapped up its first ever BirdWeek, April 23-28. Working with partners across Seattle, including The Seattle Public Library, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Audubon, and BirdNote, BirdWeek was designed to bring the joy of birds and the outdoors to people from across the community, including many who had never been birding.

More than 200 people participated in free guided bird walks held simultaneously at ten Seattle parks and natural areas. Local pubs opened their doors for bird-themed trivia nights, The Seattle Library hosted a bird sketching event, and Top Pot created a Birds Nest Doughnut for the occasion, a delicious vanilla cake doughnut covered in chocolate ganache and a bird’s nest made of coconut. A highlight of the week was a special tap dance performance to the jazz tune Birdland by children at Camp Second Chance, a homeless encampment providing emergency shelter for up to 50 people in tents and "tiny homes." Camp Second Chance is one of six encampments authorized and funded by the City of Seattle's Human Services Department as part of the City's emergency response to homelessness.

We were also honored to have  Drew Lanham, esteemed professor of wildlife at Clemson University and National Audubon Board Member, present BirdNote Live, an evening of conversation by, for and about birds. And finally, special thanks to the staff and volunteers at Audubon Washington, Seward Park Audubon Center, Seattle Audubon and National Audubon Society who worked together to make BirdWeek a resounding success. Check out our photo montage capturing great moments from the week, and you can find more photos, videos, and bird lists from the guided walks at


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