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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 (now KNKX) 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,, Kessler Productions, and Kevin Colver Productions.

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 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.

BirdNote Benefactors

Special thanks to the BirdNote benefactors, supporters who give generously to bring the world of birds to you.

Website Contributors

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!