The Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest, hosted by the Wenatchee River Institute, is the recipient of a 2018 Mindful Birding Award for its efforts to promote ethical birding guidelines and bird conservation through their birding festival that will be held in central Washington state from May 17th – 20th, 2018.
The Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest has demonstrated a commitment to ethical birdwatching behavior by adopting and adhering to a code of birding ethics marked by clarity, specificity, and restraint. The festival distributes its 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. Additionally, the event publishes its ethics online for a wide distribution.
The Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest 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 Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest 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. The Mindful Birding Project recognizes the Festival for its accomplishments and dedication to ethical birding.
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. To learn more, view past award recipients, and browse ethical birding guidelines, visit the website: www.mindfulbirding.org