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Do not endanger the welfare of birds and other wildlife

  • Observe and photograph birds without disturbing them from their routine.
  • Avoid chasing or repeatedly flushing birds. If you startle them, they may waste energy searching for a new "safe" area.
  • Limit use of recordings and similar methods of attracting birds.
  • Keep an appropriate distance from nests and nesting colonies. Do not "save" baby birds. Mama bird is usually watching from a safe distance.
  • Do not handle birds or eggs.

Do not harm the environment

  • Stay on existing roads, trails, and pathways whenever possible to avoid disturbing fragile habitats.
  • Walk carefully to avoid snapping twigs or trampling wildflowers. The snapping noise may disturb the birds, and the wildflowers may be a food source for them.
  • Leave all habitat as you found it.

Respect the rights of others

  • Observe all laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Observe "No Trespassing" signs and other posted rules on properties.
  • Ask permission to enter any private property. Limit requests for permission or information to reasonable times of day.
  • Leave gates and fences as you found them.
  • Behave in a manner that will enhance the image of the birding community to others.

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