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The Ethics of Backyard Bird-feeding
The American Birding Association Code of Ethics governs the behavior of its field-birding members. In this posting, I summarize the four major principles of the ABA guidelines to backyard birding. I believe that following them will enhance your own experiences with birds, and that of other people, for many years to come.
1. Act in ways that do not endanger the welfare of birds or other wildlife.
2. Act in ways that do not harm the natural environment and habitat.
3. Always respect the rights of others.
4. Groups should assume special responsibilities.
As part of a larger group of bird aficionados who proactively feed birds in our yards, we have an opportunity and a responsibility to teach non-birders by our actions that that feeding the birds is an enjoyable and beneficial experience. It enhances our enjoyment of the outdoors, connects us with nature in a positive way and it gives us the opportunity to create in our children and in others a sense of caring and responsibility for nature and the environment. These four principles will serve us all well though this new millennium.