BirdNote® began in 2004 as a project under the auspices of Seattle Audubon. To bring BirdNote to life, Seattle Audubon engaged writers to craft compelling stories about the intriguing ways of birds, ornithological advisors to ensure scientific accuracy, and dedicated staff, volunteers, and contractors to help form the final professional product.
Advisors from Western Washington NPR affiliate KPLU along with Seattle-area benefactors helped make the idea a reality and brought BirdNote to the airwaves. With its noted success in the Puget Sound region and the possibility of BirdNote expanding throughout the western flyway and beyond, Seattle Audubon made the decision in 2006 to fledge BirdNote as a separate organization, free to pursue a focused creative effort.
Bird calls, songs, and other sounds
Bird calls and songs are provided primarily by The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York.
Additional bird calls, songs, and ambient habitat sounds are provided by Martyn Stewart, Naturesound.org, Kessler Productions, and Kevin Colver Productions.
BirdNote Science Advisors
Herb Curl, Jr., PhD, Seattle Audubon
Dennis Paulson, PhD, internationally respected ornithologist and former curator of the Slater Museum of Natural History
Robert Sundstrom, PhD, international tour leader and birding-by-ear expert
The late Idie Ulsh, naturalist and photographer, was one of BirdNote's earliest advisors.
BirdNote Theme Music
Composed and played by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler
Paul Bannick is a wildlife photographer, naturalist, and conservation professional who specializes in Northwest wildlife. You can see more of his photos at www.PaulBannick.com. Other contributing photographers include Gregg Thompson, Tom Grey, Mike Hamilton, Greg Lavaty, Jeff Poklen, Glen Tepke, Daniella Theoret, Gerrit Vyn, Joanne Kamo, and many others.
Special thanks to the BirdNote benefactors, supporters who give generously to bring the world of birds to you.
Website designed by Gloria Jordan at TrueGood Creative and developed by Fuse IQ. Dave Ehlert at Cognition Studio created the feather and nest illustrations featured throughout the site. Background photography is by Gerrit Vyn Photography.
Major funding for BirdNote’s new website was provided by Cynthia and Dan Lufkin, the Lufkin Family Foundation, the Norcliffe Foundation, and Gerry and Linda Nordberg. Thank you!