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The Ethics of Backyard Bird-feeding

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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.


I am delighted to join the Birdzilla team through this blog, sharing ideas and topics related to feeding and attracting wild birds in your backyard. Bird feeding is my life-long passion,  instilled by bird-feeding parents who raised me on an 80-acre farm in central Michigan.  After college, my wife and I served as U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer high-school teachers in Africa and then as staff members over an eight-year period.
Those wonderful times led to 30-years of bird-feeding leadership as founder of the Wild Bird Centers, franchising and supporting wild bird specialty stores across the country. I helped found the Bird Education Network and was a key financial supporter of PROJECT WILDBIRD, I currently serve as Executive Director of the National Bird-Feeding Society. Several years ago, I was asked to join “The Birder’s Team”, a working group of birding leaders selected by the National Wildlife Refuge System to recommend ways to better serve birders. millions of whom visit our extraordinary network of more than 500 Refuges. These “conservation jewels” actively protect critical habitat and conserve bird populations of all kinds. Most recently, I served as a judge to select the winning artist for the NWRS’ 2015 Duck Stamp Contest.

I now look forward to helping our readers experience the best our wonderful hobby offers. As I often say “The closer we live to each other, the closer we want to be to Nature.”

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