The Mindful Birding project encourages birders to have gratifying experiences while maintaining the ability of birds to behave naturally. We present ethical birding guidelines from around the world, and offers awards to Birding Festivals that demonstrate improved or superior ethics.

The project has three goals: (1) increase awareness of ethical birding guidelines, (2) increase the conservation contributions from America's birders and birdwatchers, and (3) encourage a practice of mindfulness among birders.

Our image of a Mindful Birder is one who is aware of (a) the needs of wildlife; (b) his or her safety and the safety of others nearby; (c) the ways he or she may influence the experiences of others (both birders and non-birders); (d) his or her personal birding experience; and (e) the role he or she can play in advancing bird conservation.

We hope our project stimulates reflection on mindfulness, birding ethics, conservation, and the connections among these concepts. Click here to explore some definitions of mindful.

Mindful Birding is a charitable project of the Morrissey Family Foundation. Additional contributors include Klamath Bird Observatory, Brandon Breen, John Alexander, Dorsey Burger, and multiple individuals who have helped craft a more refined structure for the project. This project is possible thanks to those agencies, organizations, businesses, and individuals who have written and made available their own ethical birding guidelines. The banner photo of a Barn Owl is by Marc Evans.

Questions? Send us an email at mindfulbirding AT