Advancing Ornithology in Florida. Supporting Research and Education about Birds. Uniting Amateurs and Professionals in the Study of Wild Birds.

Code Of Ethics

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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