Conservation Success Stories

Marymoor Park

In July 2006, King County awarded a two-year, $100,000 grant to Eastside Audubon Society (EAS) to upgrade the interpretive trail into a world-class BirdLoop. EAS has matched this grant with volunteer hours and money.

Since March, 2006, BirdLoop work parties have been held on the first Saturday of the month. More than 200 volunteers from Eastside Audubon, the community, and Microsoft Day of Caring events have invested greater than 2000 hours of service on the BirdLoop project. In the meadow, we removed invasive species such as Scotch Broom and Reed Canary Grass, along with blackberry vines that were choking out native trees and shrubs. We also planted hundreds of native trees, bushes, grasses and ground cover in at least ten areas.

Five interpretive signs with lovely artwork were commissioned and installed along the BirdLoop. We also refurbished two county transit kiosks for the Meadow and River entrances to the BirdLoop. The EAS Photography Group donated bird images for our posters. We developed two trail extensions to move the BirdLoop route further from the dog area so our visitors can enjoy the birds in greater quiet. A gate was installed between the dog area and the meadow. The boardwalk was also extended to keep our feet dry during the winter rains. Finally, for our bike racks, we commissioned a beautiful sculpture showing a heron in the reeds.

Read more about our Marymoor Park programs here.

Environmentalist of the Year

Each year Eastside Audubon recognizes an individual or group for making a unique contribution to protect birds, animals, plants, the air, water, or other natural resources. We invite you to send in a nomination.

The Environmentalist of the Year award recognizes contributions made through advocacy, education in the community, or work with Eastside Audubon or another environmental organization.

The Conservation Committee seeks written nominations for the current year's award from October 1 through November 30. When you write to nominate someone, please explain how the person or group you’re recommending meets the criteria below, and email your nomination by November 30 to Conservation Committee Chair Pete Marshall.

The committee considers the nominees using the following criteria:

  • A keen interest in the environment and nature
  • An historical involvement with environmental issues through a conservation project, an educational program, a scientific investigation, writing, or other work of sufficient durability to have had an impact in the community
  • The impact of that work on protecting birds, other wildlife, or habitat
  • The impact of the work on the knowledge or involvement of community members
  • The impact of the work in the Eastside Audubon service area of East King County north of I-90, or an area close enough to be beneficial to residents of the service area

It is not expected that the award winner will meet every one of the criteria, but the winner will have made a contribution that reflects a significant commitment to support the goals of Eastside Audubon.

We welcome all nominations. The committee reviews and votes on the nominations at its December meeting and presents the award at Eastside Audubon's general meeting in January.

Past Recipients

1983      Bud Anderson
1985      Mary Murphy
1986      Elinor Seelye
1987      Jim Gallup
1988      Roger Hoestrey
1989      Ruth Kees
1990      Harvey Manning
1991      Kristin Johnson
1994      Maureen Sunn
1995      Hugh Jennings
1996      John Barrett
1997      Amy McQuade
1998      Len Steiner
1999      Fred and Ann Weinmann
2001      Nona Ganz
2006      Lynda Becher
2007      John Schmeid
2007      Marie Hartford
2008      John Hamilton
2008      Brian Healy
2008      Eileen McMackin
2008      Marcus Rose
2008      Wayne Tannhauser
2009      Sunny Walter
2010      Martyn Stewart
2011      Mary Britton-Simmons
2012      Jim Rettig
2013      Tim McGruder
2014      Larry Schwitters
2015      Sharon Rodman
2016      Andy McCormick

  Photo: Osprey, by Tyler Hartje

Photo: Osprey, by Tyler Hartje