The Alaska Bald Eagle Festival, hosted by the American Bald Eagle Foundation, 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 and around Haines, Alaska from November 7th – 10th, 2018.
The Alaska Bald Eagle Festival 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.
The Alaska Bald Eagle Festival connects 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 event 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.