The welfare of birds must come first. Bird-watchers / photographers should have no impact on birds. Respect birds’ territories…keep a reasonable distance.
Do not flush birds or try to make them fly.
Using recorded calls to attract birds stops them from important activities like feeding. Playback to attract a species during its breeding season is especially harmful.
Just use your eyes and binoculars/spotting scopes. Laser pointers, flashlights and spotlights are stressful to birds, as is flash photography.
Sit or crouch so that you appear smaller, and keep movements slow and steady.
Only handle birds, nests, and eggs for recognized, sanctioned research purposes.
Keep dogs on a leash, unless in off-leash areas. Clean up dog waste and keep dogs from chasing birds.
It’s unsafe to stop your vehicle in a traffic lane. Always pull completely onto the road shoulder to view birds and if there’s no shoulder, move on. Turn on hazard lights when slowing and/or stopped. Safety first, binoculars second!
Respect private property; Ask permission before entering private property.
Follow rules and regulations of public areas.
Practice common courtesy when interacting with others. Avoid behavior that may distract other birders.
Observe in the natural habitat. Don’t move dead branches, brush or tree limbs to see birds more clearly.
Use trails to avoid tramping vegetation. Leave nothing behind but footprints.