Hello Bird Enthusiasts,
I hope you are all doing well in these unusual times we find ourselves in and getting out to enjoy the spring weather.
Due to stay at home guidelines the monthly urban bird walks I lead for Seattle Audubon Society have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. When walks resume they will be posted here on this page as well as Seattle Audubon's website. So please check back frequently.
Until then I encourage you to enjoy the outdoors, birding on your own. Keeping a list of your yard birds or maybe take an online birding class are great options right now. Interested in learning to sketch birds and or nature or improve your existing sketching abilities? There are some great online tutorials on YouTube to help you out, like this quick 5 minute drawing of a Black capped Chickadee. Now is the perfect moment for some mindful birding, or participating in a "Bird Sit", observing behaviors from a place of stillness in your yard, local nearby park or green space if available (with social distancing in mind of course). As observers of birds we have a responsibility. Learn how you can protect birds and minimize your impact on them. Here's the Birding Code of Ethics from American Birding Association.
I've been enjoying my backyard birds as well as participating in Ebird's most recent study on the impact of social distancing and bird activity here in the Pacific Northwest. Daily visits to my garden to eat lunch are such a comfort, as well as getting some steps in by exploring the neighborhood on daily walks. I've been doing a bit of writing about sheltering in place and birding close to home. There are some great linked resources to get you started in my post "Sheltering with the Birds"
I hope you all have been marveling at the birds in your area as well. I look forward to resuming urban bird walks and birding with you in person as soon as were able. Until then stay healthy and well and enjoy springtime and the birds.
Happy Birding, Roniq Bartanen
Magnuson Park, Hawthorn Trees
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