Code of Ethics

peregrine_signAt its April 16, 2013 meeting, the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society Board of Directors officially adopted the American Birding Association‘s Principles of Birding Ethics as DOAS policy. There are four main areas addressed in this document:

  • The welfare of birds and their environment
  • Respecting the law and the rights of others
  • Ensuring that feeders and nest structures are safe
  • Group birding

Please read the details of this document using the link above.

We ask all members to carefully read the section that asks you to “limit the use of recordings and other methods of attracting birds”. We agree completely with this concern. We also approve of the limited use of recordings for educational and scientific reasons. We will continue to carefully use such methods for field trips and organized surveys. We are aware that the playing of calls and songs stresses birds. We also feel that educational and scientific benefits justify these methods when we use them responsibly. If you have any questions about whether the use of recordings is appropriate, please email us.

Participants attending DOAS activities will be expected to comply with this Code of Ethics. In addition, no participants at DOAS events shall play sound recordings without first seeking and receiving the permission of the event leader.