Monitoring species diversity in urban wildlife habitats of King County through the work of community and citizen scientists, and empowering the local community to become advocates for wildlife habitat.

What is the Neighborhood Bird Project?

The Neighborhood Bird Project is a volunteer powered, citizen science, bird monitoring project managed by Seattle Audubon.

Our Goals

Engage and connect volunteers from the surrounding communities with local wildlife habitat.

Monitor trends in avian diversity and abundance in Seattle City parks and green spaces.

Why City Parks?

City parks present a unique opportunity for public engagement with nature, as well as providing habitat for wildlife and ecosystem services for millions of urban residents. Within the urban core of Seattle, city parks have been the focus of many habitat restoration projects to improve habitat quality and restore degraded lands – eorts supported by community members, local government, and nonprofit groups with a shared interest in maintaining biodiversity and native habitats easily accessible to the public.

Due to this widespread public interest and ease of access, city parks form excellent opportunities for involving members of the public in long-term biological monitoring eorts at a greater frequency or scale than is typically possible for sites in remote areas or for surveys conducted by professional scientists.

What We Do

The Seattle Audubon Society started the Neighborhood Bird Project (NBP) in 1994, with a series of volunteer-led surveys in Carkeek Park, Shadow Lake Bog in Kent, and a private property in Woodinville. Some sites, including Shadow Lake Bog and the private property in Woodinville, have since become inactive, while other sites have been added. The project currently conducts surveys at nine parks in or near Seattle, including the original Carkeek Park. Our newest addition, Lincoln Park, was introduced to the project in January 2017.

Surveys are conducted once a month, year-round, at each of over 200 survey points distributed in natural and restored habitats within the nine parks. The data from these surveys give us insight into urban bird diversity and abundance and creates an appreciation of the wildlife diversity that can be found in cities where habitat is available.


This site is under development. Here are some recent and planned changes.

September 2018 (planned)

 [General]  Photo credits
 [Survey Entry]  Allow "end time" entry for Wetland stops
 [General]  parks page
 [General]  Parks page - provide mailto: link for Science Manager
 [General]  Add "Top 5" to parks page abundant species header
 [Survey Entry]  save station data when the user goes to the 
                 previous page

August 2018

[General]  Allow leaders to enter data prior to 2016
[General]  add roadmap to about page
[Survey Entry]  allow leaders/admin to edit any survey
[Survey Entry]  Add "are you sure" message for species counts > 50
[General]  Social media links should open new tabs
[Survey Entry]  add header to survey conditions page
[General]  Dashboard: provide "return to top" link
[Survey Entry]  Don't provide a default for pishing
[General]  dashboard: change link target