What is the Bird Brigade?
The Bird Brigade is a group of volunteers that work within their own communities to identify events, activities, and people who are important to conservation and bird/wildlife protection. Each member of the Brigade is the expert on their local jurisdiction and serves as the eyes and ears of Eastside Audubon Society.
Why do we need the Brigade?
Eastside Audubon is a chapter of the Audubon Society that encompasses Bellevue, Bothell, Carnation, Clyde Hill, Duvall, Fall City, Hunts Point, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kirkland, Medina, North Bend, Preston, Redmond, Sammamish, Snoqualmie, Woodinville, Yarrow Point, and unincorporated areas. We need to keep track of all the issues of interest to our mission throughout that very large area. We cannot possibly do that with limited staff and from our office in Kirkland, so we need your help.
What does a Brigade member do?
Brigade members keep track of environmental issues in their local communities. For example, members would keep an eye out for development, new roads, proposed changes to local regulations, creation of new green space etc. Members would monitor local social media pages, local newspapers, and other local outlets for information on any such projects that might be in the works.
Members also would develop contact lists for important decision makers within their communities. Such individuals would include mayors, city council members, elected officials, and heads of public works/parks departments.
Finally, members let Eastside Audubon know about upcoming community events where we can promote our mission to protect, preserve, and enhance natural ecosystems and our communities for the benefit of birds, other wildlife, and people. Such events may include festivals, ribbon cutting ceremonies, restoration projects, etc. You may want to attend some of these events yourself, but you would be under no obligation to do so.
In limited cases, you may be asked to find out more information on a particular issue or regulation within your community for the benefit of the leadership of Eastside Audubon. For example, you may be asked to find out if your city has a ban on plastic bags or if you have a Tree Advisory Board as part of your Tree City designation.
During a monthly conference call (or via email/phone for urgent matters) you relay your information to other Brigade members and to Eastside Audubon, so that we can all get involved.
What is the expected time commitment?
The time commitment can be as small as just a couple of hours a month to do activities like monitor local news outlets and social media. Many of you may already being doing this. In addition, there would also be a one hour conference call per month.
You would be able to do this position from your home and there would be no need to travel to our offices in Kirkland or any other location.
Do I get to select my own jurisdiction?
In general, yes. You want to select a locale with which you are familiar. Some smaller jurisdictions may need to only have one volunteer, such as Snoqualmie, while larger areas, such as Bellevue, may be divided among several volunteers.
- Urban Planning
- Public Advocacy
- Environmental Policy
- Community Outreach
Good Match For
Teens People 55+
Requirements & Commitment
- Orientation or Training
- varied depending on your schedule
- must be computer literate