Ethics, recordings and bird knowledge etc

To: "Tony Russell" <>, <>, "Steve" <>, "Birding-Aus" <>
Subject: Ethics, recordings and bird knowledge etc
From: "Stuart, Alan AD" <>
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2007 14:38:23 +1100
Based on what happened following my posting late last year of Painted
Snipe seen at Minmi near Newcastle, it is clear that not everybody
behaves like this.  There were several cases of trespass onto private
property, which damaged our relationship with the property owners (plus
what might it have done to the birds?).


-----Original Message-----
From: Tony Russell 
Sent: Monday, 15 January 2007 2:34 PM
To: Stuart, Alan AD; ; 'Steve'; 'Birding-Aus'
Subject: Ethics, recordings and bird knowledge etc

Don't most of us sort of automatically adhere to this code??  I know I
and all my associates do.


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Stuart, Alan AD
Sent: Monday, January 15, 2007 1:57 PM
To: ; Steve; Birding-Aus
Subject: Ethics, recordings and bird knowledge etc

Below are the code of ethics used by Hunter Bird Observers Club.  Some
other NSW clubs have similar codes (we share such things around):

The welfare of birds must come first.
Habitat must be protected.
Nests, eggs and the immediate vicinity must not be disturbed.
Keep disturbance of birds and their habitat to a minimum.
Abide by the bird protection laws at all times.
Keep your pets at home.
When you find a rare bird, think carefully about whom you should tell.
Make your records available to the local bird recorder.
Respect the rights of land owners.
Respect the rights of other people in the countryside.
Be an ambassador for birdwatchers generally. We do not want to be
unwelcome in the future.



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