The [Name of Festival], hosted by [organization that hosts the event] is the recipient of a 2020 Mindful Birding Award for its efforts to promote bird conservation and ethical birding guidelines through their annual event celebrating [e.g., the birds of southern Florida]. This year their festival will be held from [dates], 2020.
The Festival has demonstrated a commitment to bird conservation by [list conservation actions of event]. The Festival promotes 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 Festival offers birdwatching outings 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 Festival is serving as a model for other birding festivals while 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. To learn more, view past award recipients, and browse ethical birding guidelines, visit the website: www.mindfulbirding.org