Photo by Tom Middleton

Flock of Western Sandpipers at an estuary in Puget Sound.
Photo by Tom Middleton

Mission and Core Beliefs

Ecostudies Institute is dedicated to understanding and conserving native populations of birds and other wildlife and their habitats. In short, we are committed to finding practical solutions that help recover and maintain wildlife populations. We conduct sound science to collect the information needed to help management species or develop conservation strategies. And we incorporate outreach to ensure that partners and citizens have the information necessary to be involved in conservation decisions.

In general, we tend to focus on birds because they are exceptional indicators of overall environmental health and integrity. They also have a devoted constituency and the public connects with birds because they are conspicuous, iconic, and often inspirational.

 Our core beliefs

  •  Biodiversity and intact habitats and ecosystems are important to the well-being of everyone.
  •  Sound science should guide the conservation, management, and restoration of birds and wildlife.
  • Disseminating results of scientific research promotes informed decision making and public involvement in conservation.


Ecostudies Institute was established in 2001 as a 501(c)(3) scientific non-profit organization. We are based in Olympia, Washington, but work throughout the Pacific Northwest and Florida. While working in two distant locations may seem unusual, our staff has built a foundation of experience and knowledge in each of these areas that uniquely qualifies us to serve in these regions, regions we are continuously fascinated and inspired by. They also are regions that face conservation challenges that deserve attention.

Overall, we believe that even though it poses some logistical hurdles, our ability to meet our mission in either of these areas is improved by our experiences in both areas.