Our Mission: To conserve and restore natural ecosystems and protect birds and other wildlife for the benefit of humanity and biological diversity
in south King County and the world we live in.
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Audubon Society

A Chapter of the National Audubon Society with
territory in South King County in Washington State
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About Us

Rainier is the south King County (Washington) chapter of the National Audubon Society.

In the mid-1970s, a Great Blue Heron rookery was discovered right in the path of a planned freeway off-ramp. Tom Shaver, his students in a birding class offered through Green River Community College, and Federal Way resident Thais Bock began working with the state Department of Transportation to see if it would be possible to re-route the ramp. Their efforts were successful; the ramp was re-routed and the rookery preserved. Tom was honored with an Environmental Excellence Award for his work.

The need for a new Audubon chapter emerged from this work, as the area was right between the Seattle chapter and the Tacoma chapter and its population was in a kind of "no man's land." In 1978, the Rainier Chapter was granted existence by National Audubon. Tom Shaver was elected the first president.

Since that time, Rainier has been active in the south King County community, offering monthly programs on birding and conservation issues, participating in local festivals such as the Tukwila Backyard Wildlife Fair and the King County Fair, teaching birding classes, and leading birding field trips around the area.

Our territory is South King County in the state of Washington, including the cities of Federal Way, Kent, and Maple Valley.

Rainier Audubon offers monthly programs (free to all) held at the Federal Way United Methodist Church on the third Monday of each month, September through June; as well as field trips for members around the south King County area. We also participate in local conservation and birding activities, such as the annual Tukwila Backyard Habitat Festival, bird censusing at Kent Ponds, and ocean clean-up day.

Rainier publishes a monthly newsleter, The Heron Herald, sent to all members upon publication, and available on this website.


Top: Birders on a Rainier field trip led by Carol Schulz

Middle: Rainier co-founder Thais Bock birding with two friends.

Last: Festival-goers at Tukwila Backyard Habitat Festival gather to attend a birding walk led by Rainier Audubon.

Some of Our History

Bird Checklist of Dumas Bay 1963-1969 by Mrs. Evelyn Peaslee

Bird Checklist of Dumas Bay 1971 by Dennis Paulson

ABOVE: 1971 Bird Survey of Dumas Bay Park - Report by Dennis Paulson.

ABOVE: Story from Federal Way News, April 26, 1981, featuring Thais Bock, co-founder of Rainier Audubon.