2. Mindful of People & Safety

Of course no one would describe you as an "insufferable" birdwatcher. These guidelines focus on keeping you and others safe, and on keeping the outdoors harmonious for all.

a. Private Property, Restricted Areas, and Rules and Regulations

“Respect private property; do not enter without express permission.” (Mountain Bird Festival, accessed 2014)

“Follow all laws, rules, and regulations governing use of roads and public areas, both at home and abroad.” (American Birding Association, accessed 2014)

b. Driving and Parking Behavior

“Never stop your vehicle in a traffic lane to view birds. Always pull completely onto the shoulder to conduct short-term or long-term viewing. No shoulder? Don't stop.” (Malaysian Nature Society Bird Conservation Council, accessed 2014)

“Park your car only in approved sites. Park tight so that other people have space, too.” (New Jersey Audubon, accessed 2014)

“Drive cautiously.” (Mountain Bird Festival, accessed 2014)

c. Dress, Preparedness, and Decisions for Safety

“Wear appropriate attire for outdoor activities, including footwear.” (Birding ethics article by Melissa Mayntz, accessed 2014)

“Stay hydrated on long birding hikes.” (Birding ethics article by Melissa Mayntz, accessed 2014)
“Inform others of your plans in case you fail to return.” (Birding ethics article by Melissa Mayntz, accessed 2014)

“Carry a cell phone if possible.” (Birding ethics article by Melissa Mayntz, accessed 2014)

“Wear visible, bright clothing if birding during hunting season.” (Birding ethics article by Melissa Mayntz, accessed 2014)
“Stay with the group. Don’t wander off.” (Mecklenburg Audubon, accessed 2014)

d. Etiquette Toward Birders and Non-birders

“An ethical birder is a polite one.” (Birding ethics article by Melissa Mayntz, accessed 2014)
 
“Practice common courtesy in interactions with other people.” (BirdLife Australia, accessed 2014)

“Always behave in a manner that will enhance the image of the birding communities in the eyes of the public.” (BirdLife South Africa, accessed 2014)

“Try not to disrupt other birders’ activities or scare the birds they are watching.” (Ontario Field Ornithologists, accessed 2014)

“Many other people enjoy the outdoors; do not interfere with their activities.” (Ontario Field Ornithologists, accessed 2014)

“Express gratitude to individuals, institutions, and businesses that go out of their way to accommodate your interests or needs.” (New Jersey Audubon, accessed 2014)

 “Keep conversations minimal and voices soft.” (Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua, accessed 2014)

 “Be careful not to point optics toward people or houses.” (New Jersey Audubon, accessed 2014)

“Turn off your mobile phone.” (British Bird Lovers, accessed 2014)

 “When carpooling, chip in to cover the cost of the trip.” (Mecklenburg Audubon, accessed 2014)

“Think about the interests of local people before passing on news of a rare bird.” (British Bird Lovers, accessed 2014)

“Share the best views with other birders.” (Birding ethics article by Melissa Mayntz, accessed 2014)
 
“Keep groups to a size that does not interfere with others using the same area.” (American Birding Association, accessed 2014)

“If you witness unethical birding behavior, assess the situation and intervene if you think it prudent. When interceding, inform the person(s) of the inappropriate action and attempt, within reason, to have it stopped. If the behavior continues, document it and notify appropriate individuals or organizations.” (American Birding Association, accessed 2014)