“Birding is increasingly popular as a means to be in the wild and see wildlife. Unfortunately, this has an impact on the birds”… How about we change that?
9 Easy Birding Rules
To protect the birds & their habitats
Birding is increasingly popular as a means of enjoying wildlife, but we have to remember the impact this may have on the birds. Respecting the habitat and the bird’s welfare is the number one ethical rule for anyone enjoying the activity of birding or photography. It is easy to get caught up in a moment of excitement or ignorance and forget to behave mindfully. Here, we are presenting further details, considerations, and requirements for when you’re out there with the birds. Keep in mind that the general EwA Wildness Etiquette also applies to Birding.
Knowing is Caring: Learn before you go. Visit birding locations well prepared so as to minimize your impact, and maximize safety for anyone (birds included) as well as for the enjoyment of everyone. Enjoy!
Since the year 1500, we have lost over 150 bird species – an extinction rate far higher than the natural background. Today, one in eight bird species (13%) is threatened with global extinction, that amounts to 1,375 bird species. 218 species of those are Critically Endangered, including 18 which are tagged as possibly extinct or possibly extinct in the wild.
The IUCN Red List assessments show that things are getting worse. Particularly alarming are sharp declines in many formerly common and widespread species. This is a signal of wider environmental problems, and of the erosion of biodiversity as a whole.
Read More » Why do Birds Matter? (Audubon)
1 | 📐 Distance rule: Keep your distance, don't crowd or chase, move slowly ⎆
2 | 🚫 Road & Trail rule: Stay on tracks ⎆
3 | 🚑 Rescue code: Resist and call... ⎆
4 | 🍔 Food rule: No baiting & keeping them on a wild diet ⎆
5 | 🔦 Light rule: Toning down the blinding effect ⎆
6 | 🗣 Sound rule: Keep quiet, avoid recordings, minimize pishing ⎆
7 | 🔭 Sighting rule: Share sensibly ⎆
8 | 🚮 No Litter rule: Leave no trace ⎆
9 | 💬 Engaging rule: Lead by example, challenge when possible, report when necessary ⎆
📚 References & Extended Bibliography ⎆
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◊ Note that this Etiquette is and will remain a work in progress. If there is anything else you would like to see added, please let us know and we’ll do our best to include it. Let’s be Earthwise Aware. Let’s enjoy and protect wildlife responsibly! Thanks for your support!