Florida Ornithological Society Code of Ethics
For Nature Photographers and Birders1
- Treat the birds, wildlife, plants, and places as if you were their guest.
- Do not disturb birds that are nesting or feeding young
- Take care not to flush resting or roosting birds – they need their rest, too.
- Respect local, state, and federal laws protecting birds and other wildlife.
- Stay on trails to lessen impacts to vegetation and wildlife.
- Treat others courteously.
- Report inappropriate behavior to the proper authorities.
- Limit use of artificial means to attract birds, especially in heavily birded areas.
- If a bird stops its normal behavior as a result of a birder’s or photographer’s activity, the birder or photographer is intruding and should move away.
- Ask before joining other nature photographers already taking pictures.
1 Based on codes developed by Tampa Audubon, Audubon of Florida, and the American Birding Association.
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