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Birding Ethics

The American Birding Association (ABA) offers a Code of Ethics for all birders to follow. Familiarize yourself with these principles before heading to the woods or wetlands.

Code of Ethics - Summarized from the ABA

  • Support the protection of important bird habitat
  • To avoid stressing birds or exposing them to danger, exercise restraint and caution during observation, photography, sound recording, or filming
  • Before advertising the presence of a rare bird, evaluate the potential for disturbance to the bird, its surroundings, and other people in the area, and proceed only if access can be controlled, disturbance can be minimized, and permission has been obtained from private landowners
  • Do not enter private property without the owner’s explicit permission
  • Respect the interests, rights, and skills of fellow birders, as well as those of people participating in other legitimate outdoor activities
  • Keep groups to a size that limits impacts on the environment and does not interfere with others using the same area