Eastside Audubon is the National Audubon Society chapter serving east King County communities from Bothell south to I-90 and from the eastern shore of Lake Washington to the Cascade Foothills. We are a community of people who are passionate about birds. Welcome!
Eastside Audubon’s Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Eastside Audubon Society fully supports Audubon’s statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion www.audubon.org/about/equity-diversity-and-inclusion-audubon.
Just as biodiversity strengthens natural systems, the diversity of human experience strengthens our conservation efforts for the benefit of nature and all human beings. Eastside Audubon must represent and reflect that human diversity, embracing it in our community, to achieve our conservation goals. To that end, we are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff, board, volunteers, members, and supporters and to fostering an inclusive community.
Equity, diversity and inclusion is a best practice for a sustainable organization and a strategic imperative. Our organization and conservation strategies are enriched and made stronger by the contribution of the experiences, perspectives, and values of diverse individuals and communities. Protecting and conserving nature and the environment transcends political, cultural and social boundaries, and so must Eastside Audubon to expand our reach and engage more people in protecting birds and habitat.
We are dedicated to providing an environment that prioritizes fairness and respect. At Eastside Audubon employees and volunteers are treated equally and encouraged to achieve their fullest potential. We respect the individuality of each member of our community, and we are committed to provide an environment free of any kind of discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, national or ethnic origin, politics, or veteran status.
With a plurality of voices, Eastside Audubon will inspire more people and conserve more habitats. Respect, inclusion, and opportunity for people of all backgrounds, lifestyles and perspectives will attract the best ideas and harness the greatest passion to shape a healthier, more vibrant future for all of us who share our planet. The birds we are pledged to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Eastside Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness and leadership to our work throughout our community.
The History of Eastside Audubon Society
Eastside Audubon formed in 1980 as the East Lake Washington Audubon Society (ELWAS) and received its official charter as a chapter of the National Audubon Society in 1982. Our members share a common interest in birds, the protection of their habitat, and the environment in which we all live.
In 1980 a small group of like-minded people got together and formed the East Lake Washington Audubon Society (ELWAS). The east side was growing, and they believed there were enough people to make another viable Audubon chapter in Washington State.
The 37 charter members envisioned a chapter dedicated to the appreciation, study, and conservation of birds and their habitats. The first meetings were held in the Clise Mansion at Marymoor Park, and in 1982 we received our charter as a chapter of the National Audubon Society.
Since the chapter formed, east King County has grown and changed. So has the chapter, and in 2008 the membership voted to change the name to Eastside Audubon.
Since we started, we have been an important voice for the protection of birds and their habitat on the east side. Dedicated volunteers have been instrumental in preserving many areas for the birds: Lake Hills Greenbelt, Juanita Bay Park, Hazel Wolf Wetlands, and Marymoor Park. Throughout the years, volunteers also have conducted scientific surveys in parks and other areas throughout the east side in order to monitor bird population changes.
In 1984, because of the lobbying efforts of our members, then-Governor John Spellman declared May 24 to be Washington's Annual Bird Day.
Our members come together to enjoy bird watching, bird photography, conservation projects and activism, plant sales, classes, and field trips and nature walks. We believe that those who care about birds will also want to protect their environment, so our Youth Education Committee offers classroom presentations. Our monthly publication, The Corvid Crier, has been published continuously since 1979. These activities are a source of learning and fellowship for those who participate.