Birds Canada fully endorses The American Birding Association’s Code of Birding Ethics and encourages our supporters to abide by this code. Please practice and promote respectful, enjoyable, and thoughtful birding, as defined in this code.
- RESPECT AND PROMOTE BIRDS AND THEIR ENVIRONMENT
- Support the conservation of birds and their habitats
- Avoid stressing birds or exposing them to danger
- Always minimize habitat disturbance
- RESPECT AND PROMOTE THE BIRDING COMMUNITY AND ITS INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS
- Be an exemplary ethical role model by following this Code and leading by example
- Respect the interests, rights, and skill levels of fellow birders, as well as people participating in other outdoor activities
- Share bird observations freely, provided such reporting would not violate other sections of this Code
- Approach instances of perceived unethical birding behavior with sensitivity and respect
- In group birding situations, promote knowledge of the practices in this Code and ensure that the group does not unduly interfere with others using the same area
- RESPECT AND PROMOTE THE LAW AND THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS
- Never enter private property without the landowner’s permission
- Familiarize yourself with and follow all laws, rules, and regulations governing activities at your birding location
Birding should be fun and help build a better future for birds, for birders, and for all people
Birds and birding opportunities are shared resources that should be open and accessible to all
Birders should always give back more than they take
Please follow this Code and distribute and teach it to others.
More about the American Birding Association can be found at www.aba.org.