CELEBRATE THE SIGNING OF SEATTLE’S URBAN BIRD TREATY!
Lincoln Park’s North Play Area
10:00am-10:40am Bird Walk led by Seattle Audubon volunteers
11:00am-12:00pm Urban Bird Treaty Program and Signing
Each spring, migratory birds pulse through the Seattle area in waves on their journey north to breeding areas and then in the fall travel south to wintering grounds, searching for food, shelter, and rest. Migrating birds face many hazards on their journey such as loss of habitat, predation from cats, and collision with buildings.
After extensive outreach and advocacy, Seattle’s city council passed a resolution to enter into an Urban Bird Treaty with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. The Treaty partnership will protect birds in the Seattle area by developing programs to reduce hazards to migrating birds that travel along the Pacific Flyway, restoring habitat and connecting residents and youth to nature within our city.
On May 5, the city and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will officially sign the treaty, an important milestone that recognizes our city’s role in protecting the Pacific Flyway. Today there are more than 25 Urban Bird Treaty cities across the nation working to conserve and restore bird habitat. Seattle will join San Francisco, Portland, and Anchorage as an Urban Bird Treaty City, thus protecting an important missing coastal link along the Pacific Flyway.
The Urban Bird Treaty Partnership includes Seattle Audubon, Audubon Washington, Heron Habitat Helpers, City of Seattle, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. In the coming months, Seattle Audubon will play a key role in developing and implementing Urban Bird Treaty programs such as lights out, cats safe at home, and bird friendly architecture that help reduce fatalities and injuries among migrating birds, ensuring more of them reach their final destinations.