Ethical Birding

Subject: Ethical Birding
From: "Dave Torr" <>
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2008 11:03:22 +1100
BOCA has published some guidelines for ethical birding ( which perhaps
all readers might care to consider.

On 21/01/2008, Russell Woodford <> wrote:
> My advice on how to behave usually only covers the use of this mailing
> list.  Please forgive me if I step over that line today and remind people
> that it is very important to act ethically and responsibly when birding.
> I've had a report from a birding-aus member about the disappointing
> behaviour of some other birders looking for the Little Curlew at Little
> River (near Geelong, Vic) over the last couple of days. It seems that
> people have been going into private property to get better views of the
> bird. Some of these birders have neither asked for permission nor thought
> it necessary to do so.
> Trespassing on private property to see a bird, or to see it better, or to
> photograph it is unethical because it not only breaks the law, but it
> might:
> cause problems for others who want to see the bird
> create unnecessary disturbance for the bird itself
> annoy the landowner
> give birders / birding a poor reputation
> Please be thoughtful about private property and other birders!
> Russell Woodford
> Birding-Aus List Owner
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