Bird-Friendly Communities

Eastside Audubon Society is proud to support bird-friendly communities throughout the east side of Lake Washington.

  Photo: Pileated Woodpecker, by Mick Thompson

Photo: Pileated Woodpecker, by Mick Thompson

Bird-Friendly Communities is a nationwide campaign by National Audubon taking strides to offset the impacts of development by restoring and protecting landscapes that allow native bird populations to survive in a growing community. Eastside Audubon is committed to providing outreach and education to spread this message and encourage individuals to take part in protecting the environment. By creating open spaces that are wildlife friendly, starting with your own backyard and encouraging your friends and neighbors to do the same we can create and protect important habitat for wildlife, allowing for a better environment for birds and for people.

How can you help?

1) Take the pledge!

Commit to taking three steps in your own backyard to help wildlife. Examples include:

  • Plant native species that provide food and shelter to native bird populations
  • Retain dead snags and branches that serve as rest and nesting sites
  • Eliminate pesticides which can be fatal to birds and their food sources
  • Remove invasive species such as ivy and blackberry
  • Leave leaf litter to provide food for foraging birds
  • Keep cats indoors
  • Provide a water source

2) Get involved!

Volunteer at a Bird Friendly Communities Event to help Eastside Audubon spread the word. Come be a part of Eastside Audubon’s community outreach by tabling at community events and speaking with the public - no experience necessary!

3) Plants for Birds

Eastside Audubon is proud to announce that we received a $750 collaborative grant from National Audubon to help with our Plants for Birds programs. We are working hand-in-hand with Washington Native Plant Society to encourage our community to use native plants in landscaping and yards to provide food, shelter, and habitat for our bird populations.  

Working with WNPS, we identified 35 species of plants that are native, relatively easy to find, and have value to wildlife.  Using this list, we are developing cards that highlight each species of plant and a species of bird that would benefit from the use of that plant.  Basic information is provided about each plant and bird.  These cards will be available this Spring for display at our events and through download from the website.  

WNPS and EAS will both be able to use these cards to bring the message of native plant gardening out to the public. We also hope to be able to provide information to local nurseries who carry native plants. 

If you have an interest in gardening, plants and/or birds, we would love to have you volunteer with this project. Over the Spring and Summer, EAS will be attending Farmer’s Markets and other events to focus on this program.  We would love to have you join us. If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to office@eastsideaudubon.org. 

  Photo by Mick Thompson

Photo by Mick Thompson