We provide cash awards to Birding Festivals that demonstrate superior or improved ethical birding guidelines, or create guidelines for the first time. Follow these easy steps to apply:
(1) Harness your festival's influence to champion bird conservation. (See examples here.)
(2) Update your festival’s ethical birding guidelines and trip leader instructions to provide clear guidance on how birders can achieve safe and gratifying experiences without altering the ability of birds to behave naturally. Take your existing guidelines and read through the guidelines we provide to integrate what you find useful.
(3) Send us (a) an explanation of your festival's bird conservation achievements, (b) a copy of your new or updated ethical birding guidelines and (c) locations where these guidelines will be promoted (e.g., website, festival handouts, news PR) to mindfulbirding AT gmail.com. (Here are some promotional examples: press release and news coverage and birding ethics available online.)
We will review applications as we receive them. Award recipients will receive a cash prize of $500 as well as recognition on the Mindful Birding website.
We hope the award will provide helpful marketing for your special Festival. You may want to print a PDF of our award application process for each board member for ease of discussion.
Questions? Send us an email at mindfulbirding AT gmail.com