Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Ethical Standards in Birding

The Issues Committee for the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative has recently published Ethical Standards in Birding (Protecting Endangered, Threatened, and Rare Species). This is a great code to follow for birders and bird photographers alike.

I do not play tapes to lure birds in for pictures and I know that the portraiture I capture will always be a step or two below in composition and quality by comparison...and that's just fine. I much prefer staying in the same spot and waiting for something to happen rather than plowing through habitat or forcing the situation with a bird by using recorded bird songs. And remember just because you think nobody can see you...the birds are still watching you!

Fox Sparrow image © Michael Allen McDowell

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