By Jeremy Schwartz
We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve partnered with the Seattle Audubon Society to support their organization!
That’s right: Through supporting us, bird enthusiasts and game fans alike will get the chance to support the oldest environmental organization in Washington State. Backyard Birding has pledged to help further Seattle Audubon's conservation and education efforts.
Seattle Audubon is a regional leader in bird-centric education, science, and
conservation programs. Founded in 1916, its mission is to lead a local community in
appreciating, understanding, and protecting birds and their natural habitats.
Claire Catania, Seattle Audubon’s Development Director and the one facilitating the partnership on their end, had this to say:
“Seattle Audubon is excited to see a family-friendly game like Backyard Birding become a reality. The game's lessons about birds and habitat align with our conservation priorities–and I personally had a great time playing."
Jeff and I knew we wanted the game to be educational, maybe even inspire an interest or love of birds in those who would come to play it. We’re also both nature lovers at heart, which is one of the reasons the game was born in the first place.
Being a birder in the Seattle area as I am, it’s hard to avoid the influence of Seattle Audubon. My first ever experience with hardcore birders was on a Christmas Bird Count organized by the organization. Now with three such bird counts under my belt, I’ve seen first hand the passion Seattle Audubon staff, members, and volunteers bring to supporting birds and nature in my community.
And that’s just scratching the surface. Seattle Audubon volunteers pour 30,000 hours annually into conservation, education and citizen science projects. So when Jeff and I came up with the idea of tying our fundraising efforts to a local nonprofit (think globally, act locally, right?), Seattle Audubon was the clear choice. Their mission is a perfect match for what we want to give people with our little game.