East Cascades Audubon Society is the recipient of a 2015 Mindful Birding Award for its efforts to promote ethical birding guidelines and bird conservation through its Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival that will be held in Sisters, Oregon from June 18th – 21st, 2015.
The Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival has demonstrated a commitment to ethical birdwatching behavior by adopting and adhering to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. The festival distributes this code of ethics to field trip leaders and attendees to provide guidance on how birders can achieve safe and gratifying birdwatching experiences without altering the ability of birds to behave naturally.
The Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival offers a variety of birdwatching field trips that will connect participants to nature through the splendor of birds. By strengthening participants’ connections to nature, and by providing guidance on ethical birding and nature conservation, the Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival is serving as a model for other birding festivals and helping attendees become even stronger messengers for and supporters of conservation for birds and people.
Mindful Birding is a charitable project of the Morrissey Family Foundation that presents 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 among birders of ethical birding guidelines, (2) increase the conservation contributions from America's birdwatchers, and (3) encourage a practice of mindfulness among birders.