Date: 4/18/17 4:23 am
From: Kathy Van Der Aue via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Birding Ethics
I wasn't able to find this easily on the ABA website so I've copied it

ABA Code of Birding Ethics

*1. Promote the welfare of birds and their environment.*

*1(a)* Support the protection of important bird habitat.

*1(b)* To avoid stressing birds or exposing them to danger, exercise
restraint and caution during observation, photography, sound recording, or

Limit the use of recordings and other methods of attracting birds, and
never use such methods in heavily birded areas or for attracting any
species that is Threatened, Endangered, of Special Concern, or is rare in
your local area.

Keep well back from nests and nesting colonies, roosts, display areas, and
important feeding sites. In such sensitive areas, if there is a need for
extended observation, photography, filming, or recording, try to use a
blind or hide, and take advantage of natural cover.

Use artificial light sparingly for filming or photography, especially for

*1(c)* 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
minimized, and permission has been obtained from private landowners. The
sites of rare nesting birds should be divulged only to the proper
conservation authorities.

*1(d)* Stay on roads, trails, and paths where they exist; otherwise, keep
habitat disturbance to a minimum.

*2. Respect the law, and the rights of others.*

*2(a)* Do not enter private property without the owner’s explicit

*2(b)* Follow all laws, rules, and regulations governing use of roads and
public areas, both at home and abroad.

*2(c)* Practice common courtesy in contacts with other people. Your
exemplary behavior will generate goodwill with birders and non-birders

*3. Ensure that feeders, nest structures, and other artificial bird
environments are safe.*

*3(a)* Keep dispensers, water, and food clean and free of decay or disease.
It is important to feed birds continually during harsh weather.

*3(b)* Maintain and clean nest structures regularly.

*3(c)* If you are attracting birds to an area, ensure the birds are not
exposed to predation from cats and other domestic animals or dangers posed
by artificial hazards.

*4. Group birding, whether organized or impromptu, requires special care.*

Each individual in the group, in addition to the obligations spelled out in
Items #1 and #2, has responsibilities as a Group Member:

*4(a)* Respect the interests, rights, and skills of fellow birders, as well
as people participating in other legitimate outdoor activities. Freely
share your knowledge and experience, except where code 1(c) applies. Be
especially helpful to beginning birders.

*4(b)* If you witness unethical birding behavior, assess the situation and
intervene if you think it prudent. When interceding, inform the person(s)
of the inappropriate action and attempt, within reason, to have it stopped.
If the behavior continues, document it and notify appropriate individuals
or organizations.

Group Leader Responsibilities [amateur and professional trips and tours]:

*4(c)* Be an exemplary ethical role model for the group. Teach through word
and example.

*4(d)* Keep groups to a size that limits impact on the environment and does
not interfere with others using the same area.

*4(e)* Ensure everyone in the group knows of and practices this code.

*4(f)* Learn and inform the group of any special circumstances applicable
to the areas being visited (e.g., no audio playback allowed).

*4(g)* Acknowledge that professional tour companies bear a special
responsibility to place the welfare of birds and the benefits of public
knowledge ahead of the company’s commercial interests. Ideally, leaders
should keep track of tour sightings, document unusual occurrences, and
submit records to appropriate organizations.

*Please Follow this Code and Distribute and Teach it to Others*

The American Birding Association’s Code of Birding Ethics may be freely
reproduced for distribution/dissemination. Please acknowledge the role of
ABA in developing and promoting this code with a link to the ABA website
using the url Thank you.

Kathy Van Der Aue
Southport, Connecticut
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On Mon, Apr 17, 2017 at 10:31 PM, Dana Campbell via CTBirds <
<ctbirds...> wrote:

> The ABA has developed a code of ethics for birders which includes
> guidelines about using playback. It can be found on their website at
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