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Seattle is an Urban Bird Treaty City!

Photo (c) Graham Lewis 2017

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) joined Seattle Audubon, Audubon Washington, Heron Habitat Helpers, Seattle Parks and Recreation Department, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and other partners to sign a treaty designating the City of Seattle as an Urban Bird Treaty City on May 5, 2017.  This designation recognizes Seattle’s migratory bird conservation and education accomplishments, and celebrates the renewed commitment of partners to develop programs in Seattle to protect birds and their habitat, and connect people to the natural world.  The Urban Bird Treaty program is a collaborative effort between federal, state, and municipal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions to create bird-friendly environments and provide citizens, especially youth, with opportunities to connect with nature through birding and conservation.  In the Pacific Northwest, Portland received the Urban Bird Treaty City designation in 2003.  Both Seattle and Portland are important habitats on the Pacific Flyway and have strong community support for birding and bird conservation.

For more information:

Urban Bird Treaty City Program https://www.fws.gov/urban/urbanBirdTreaty.php

Seattle Urban Bird Treaty City Press Release from Seattle Audubon  http://www.seattleaudubon.org/sas/About/ContactUs/PressReleases.aspx

Portland Urban Bird Treaty City https://www.fws.gov/birds/grants/urban-bird-treaty/urban-bird-treaty-portland.php