Birding and Blues Festival Receives Two Awards from the Mindful Birding Project

Habitat Conservation Award

The Birding and Blues Festival based in Pacific City, Oregon has received a 2017 Habitat Conservation Award for contributing to the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund (MBCF). The Festival is a model for birders everywhere to do the same and become conservation contributors to the MBCF.
 
Donating to the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund is among the most cost-effective, direct, and successful investments in conservation that anyone can make. Ninety-eight cents of every dollar raised goes directly to acquire wetland and grassland habitat for the US National Wildlife Refuge System. Since 1934, more than $850 million has been raised through this program to purchase or lease more than 6 million acres. These acquisitions combine a nationally prioritized "wish list" of high value habitat lands with property owners in a cooperative exchange.  The land purchase is either outright or in protective easements.  The Migratory Bird Conservation Fund is the account within the Refuge System into which Duck Stamp monies are deposited. Donations are tax-deductible.
 
To learn more:
https://www.fws.gov/refuges/realty/mbcc.html
http://www.landscope.org/action/conserve/federal_programs/migratory_birds/

The donation individuals can make to the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund should be made out to USFWS (note “MBCF donation” in the check’s the memo/for field) and mail it to:

Duck Stamp Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS-MB
Falls Church, VA 22041-3803

Mindful Birding Award

The Birding and Blues Festival is the recipient of a 2017 Mindful Birding Award for its efforts to promote ethical birding guidelines and bird conservation through their flagship birding and music event that will be held in and around Pacific City, Oregon from April 21st-23rd, 2017.

The Birding and Blues 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. Notably, their guidelines state that audio playback is not allowed at national wildlife refuges and not recommended at other natural sites, especially during the nesting season. 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 Birding and Blues Festival offers a variety of birdwatching field trips 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 Birding and Blues Festival 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 appreciates the Festival’s partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

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



Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival Receives a 2017 Mindful Birding Award

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service and Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges are the recipients of a 2017 Mindful Birding Award for their efforts to promote ethical birding guidelines and bird conservation through their 25th annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival that will be held in and around Homer, Alaska from May 4th-7th, 2017.

Kachemak Bay Shorebird 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. Additionally, the event publishes its ethics online for a wide distribution.

Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival offers a variety of birdwatching field trips 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 Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival 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.

Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival Receives a 2017 Mindful Birding Award

Wings Over Water Northwest is the recipient of a 2017 Mindful Birding Award for its efforts to promote ethical birding guidelines and bird conservation through its 15th annual Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival that will be held in Blaine, Washington from March 10th-12th, 2017.

Wings Over Water Northwest Birding 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. Additionally, the event publishes its ethics online for a wide distribution.

Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival offers a variety of birdwatching field trips 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 Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival 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.

Sequoia Parks Conservancy Receives a 2016 Mindful Birding Award

Sequoia Parks Conservancy is the recipient of a 2016 Mindful Birding Award for its efforts to promote ethical birding guidelines and bird conservation through its Great Sequoia Christmas Bird Count and Bird Fest events to be held on December 17th, 2016.

Sequoia Parks Conservancy 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 organization 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.

Sequoia Parks Conservancy offers a variety of birdwatching and nature viewing field trips that connect participants to nature. By strengthening participants’ connections to nature, and by providing guidance on ethical birding and nature conservation, the Sequoia Parks Conservancy is serving as a model for other organizations and helping attendees become even stronger messengers for and supporters of conservation for birds and people.

Hawaii Island Birding Festival Receives a 2016 Mindful Birding Award

People’s Advocacy for Trails in Hawaii is the recipient of a 2016 Mindful Birding Award for its efforts to promote ethical birding guidelines and bird conservation through its first-ever Hawaii Island Birding Festival that will be held on the Big Island from September 24th-25th, 2016.

Hawaii Island Birding 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. Additionally, the event publishes its ethics online for a wide distribution.

Hawaii Island Birding Festival offers a variety of birdwatching field trips 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 Hawaii Island Birding Festival 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.

Birdfest and Bluegrass Receives Two Awards from the Mindful Birding Project

Habitat Conservation Award

The Birdfest and Bluegrass Event in Ridgefield, Washington has received a 2017 Habitat Conservation Award for contributing to the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund (MBCF). The Festival is a model for birders everywhere to do the same and become conservation contributors to the MBCF.
 
Donating to the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund is among the most cost-effective, direct, and successful investments in conservation that anyone can make. Ninety-eight cents of every dollar raised goes directly to acquire wetland and grassland habitat for the US National Wildlife Refuge System. Since 1934, more than $850 million has been raised through this program to purchase or lease more than 6 million acres. These acquisitions combine a nationally prioritized "wish list" of high value habitat lands with property owners in a cooperative exchange.  The land purchase is either outright or in protective easements.  The Migratory Bird Conservation Fund is the account within the Refuge System into which Duck Stamp monies are deposited. Donations are tax-deductible.
 
To learn more:
https://www.fws.gov/refuges/realty/mbcc.html
http://www.landscope.org/action/conserve/federal_programs/migratory_birds/

The donation individuals can make to the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund should be made out to USFWS (note “MBCF donation” in the check’s the memo/for field) and mail it to:

Duck Stamp Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS-MB
Falls Church, VA 22041-3803

Mindful Birding Award

The group Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is the recipient of a 2016 Mindful Birding Award for its efforts to promote ethical birding guidelines and bird conservation through its popular Birdfest and Bluegrass event that celebrates the coming of fall and the wildlife that reside on the refuge.

Birdfest and Bluegrass 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. Additionally, the event publishes its ethics online for a wide distribution.

Birdfest and Bluegrass offers a variety of birdwatching field trips 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 Birdfest 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.

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 and events 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 birders, and (3) encourage a practice of mindfulness among birders.

International Migratory Bird Day Receives a 2016 Mindful Birding Award

Environment for the Americas is the recipient of a 2016 Mindful Birding Award for its efforts to promote ethical birding guidelines and bird conservation through its popular International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) program.

IMBD began in the early 1990s as the brainchild of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. Since the initial celebration was held in Washington D.C. in 1993, this educational initiative about migratory birds and their conservation has grown into a flagship program, involving over 700 local events throughout the Western Hemisphere from Argentina to Canada and including the Caribbean.

This year, Environment for the Americas and IMBD have adopted the Mindful Birding List of Ethical Birding Guidelines—a code of birding ethics marked by a high degree of clarity, specificity, and restraint—as a way to provide guidance to the hundreds of local “Bird Day” events on how birders can achieve safe and gratifying birdwatching experiences without altering the ability of birds to behave naturally. Importantly, the ethical code identifies “support conservation” as a behavior shared by ethical birders.

IMBD events offer a variety of birdwatching field trips and educational activities that connect people to nature through the splendor of migratory birds. By providing guidance on ethical birding and nature conservation, IMBD is serving as a model for other birding events while helping attendees become even stronger messengers for and supporters of bird conservation.

This year's IMBD conservation theme focuses on how birds have inspired many of the most significant conservation actions in the Americas, including the passage of the Migratory Bird Treaty one hundred years ago. IMBD events in the USA and Canada are typically held on the second Saturday in May while events in Latin America and the Caribbean tend to be held on the second Saturday in October. However, individual event dates may vary to better coincide with optimal times for viewing migratory birds. To learn more about International Migratory Bird Day, visit www.migratorybirdday.org.

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 and events 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 birders, and (3) encourage a practice of mindfulness among birders.

New Listing of Bird Festivals Recognizes Conservation Action and Attention to Ethics

The Mindful Birding project has created a comprehensive listing of birding festivals in the states of California, Oregon, and Washington. This listing contains over forty events and is available here. Birders interested in West Coast bird specialties will find festivals listed by month and location, as well as a link to each festival’s website.

Significantly, this new listing gives kudos to festivals that advance nature conservation and/or are dedicated to high standards of ethical birding conduct. Birders who use this list can therefore choose festivals where registration payments translate into healthier bird populations, and similarly they can choose festivals that have given thoughtful consideration to birding ethics. Festivals that advance nature conservation are highlighted on the listing with a green leaf icon, festivals that publish their ethical birding guidelines online receive a smiley face, and festivals that have received a Mindful Birding Award for Adopting Ethical Birding Guidelines are decorated with a blue ribbon. The Mindful Birding project recently designated three new award winners: the Winter Wings Festival in Klamath Falls, Oregon; the San Diego Bird Festival; and the Point Reyes Birding Festival.

Mindful Birding is a charitable project of the Morrissey Family Foundation that has three goals: (1) increase awareness among birders of ethical birding guidelines, (2) increase the conservation contributions from America's birders and birdwatchers, and (3) encourage a practice of mindfulness among birders.

Mountain Bird Festival Receives the First Mindful Birding Award

Klamath Bird Observatory receives the world’s first Mindful Birding Award for its efforts to promote a Mindful Birding ethic, and the role of birdwatchers as significant conservation actors, through its inaugural Mountain Bird Festival that will be held in Ashland, Oregon from May 30th through June 1st, 2014.  The Mountain Bird Festival combines a celebration of the Klamath-Siskiyou Region’s spectacular mountain birds with the stewardship ethic needed to ensure thriving landscapes for humans and wildlife.

Mindful Birding recognizes that bird watching, by nature, is an outdoor activity that connects participants with nature through an appreciation of the magnificence of birds.  With this recognition of the inherent value of birding, the Mindful Birding ethic encourages bird watchers to be mindful toward wildlife, mindful to safety and other people, and mindful of their own birding experience. With such consciousness it is believed that bird watchers will carry a Mindful Birding ethic from the field into their everyday activities, becoming even stronger messengers for and supporters of conservation for birds and people.  The Morrissey Family Foundation issued this first Mindful Birding Award in recognition of Klamath Bird Observatory’s efforts to promote birding ethics and conservation through the Mountain Bird Festival.

The Mountain Bird Festival is a unique community conservation event that celebrates the globally outstanding Klamath Siskiyou Region, recognized for its abundance of different habitats and species.  The festival offers two days of field trips that will search for mountain bird specialties, such as White-headed Woodpecker, Mountain Quail, Calliope Hummingbird, and Great Gray Owl.  The festival also features a fine art auction, live music, local foods and beverages, cocktail parties, and stimulating evening presentations.  Klamath Bird Observatory will distribute specific Mindful Birding guidelines to festival attendees and provide training to field trip leaders, who will encourage Mindful Birding practices on field trips.

Klamath Bird Observatory is hosting the 2014 Mountain Bird Festival in partnership with the City of Ashland, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, and many other organizations.  

Owens Lake Bird Festival Receives a 2015 Mindful Birding Award

Friends of the Inyo is the recipient of a 2015 Mindful Birding Award for its efforts to promote ethical birding guidelines and bird conservation through its first annual Owens Lake Bird Festival that will be held in Lone Pine, California on April 24th and 25th, 2015.

The Owens Lake Bird Festival has demonstrated a commitment to ethical birdwatching behavior by proactively drafting a code of birding ethics and distributing this code to festival attendees and field trip leaders. The first-time festival is increasing awareness among birdwatchers of their twin responsibilities as birdwatchers and as stewards of the lands and waters upon which birds and humans depend.

The Owens Lake Bird Festival also brings attention to the story of Owens Lake, a mostly dry lake located in Inyo County, California. Owens Lake used to cover an area greater than 100 square miles and had an average depth greater than 20 feet. During a visit to the lake in 1917, the eminent biologist Joseph Grinnell reported seeing “literally thousands of birds” from a single location, including avocets, phalaropes, and ducks. In 1924, much of the Owens River was diverted to the Los Angeles Aqueduct and, not surprisingly, many of the birds disappeared along with the water in the lake.

In recent years, some of the flow to Owens Lake has been restored in an effort to reduce the hazards to human health from alkali dust storms arising on Owens Lake. Owens Lake now covers approximately 27 square miles as a result of shallow flooding. As water has returned to this threatened habitat, the birds have taken note. A 2008 survey of the birds of Owens Lake by Eastern Sierra Audubon Society and others recorded 45,560 individuals of 112 species, including 15 waterfowl and 22 shorebird species—the highest official total number of birds documented at this site.

The Owens Lake Bird Festival offers a variety of birdwatching field trips 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 Owens Lake Bird Festival is helping attendees become even stronger messengers for and supporters of conservation for birds and people.

Friends of the Inyo’s festival partners include Eastern Sierra Audubon, California Audubon, Eastern California Museum, Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, Interagency Visitor Center, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce.

The Mindful Birding project 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.

Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival Receives a 2015 Mindful Birding Award

East Cascades Audubon Society is the recipient of a 2015 Mindful Birding Award for its efforts to promote ethical birding guidelines and bird conservation through its Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival that will be held in Sisters, Oregon from June 18th – 21st, 2015.

The Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival has demonstrated a commitment to ethical birdwatching behavior by adopting and adhering to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. The festival distributes this 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 Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival offers a variety of birdwatching field trips 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 Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival 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.

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.

Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua Receives a 2015 Mindful Birding Award

The Mono Lake Committee and California State Parks are the recipients of a 2015 Mindful Birding Award for their efforts to promote ethical birding guidelines and bird conservation through their Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua event that will be held in Lee Vining, California from June 19th – 21st, 2015.

The organizers of the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua are long-time proponents of ethical birdwatching behavior. They have refined and simplified the event’s code of ethics over the years to provide clear guidance on how birders can achieve safe and gratifying birdwatching experiences while maintaining the ability of birds to behave naturally. The event distributes its code of ethics to field trip leaders and attendees, and publishes its ethics online for a wide distribution.

The Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua offers a variety of birdwatching field trips 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 Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua 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.

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.

Puget Sound Bird Fest Receives a 2015 Mindful Birding Award

The City of Edmonds is the recipient of a 2015 Mindful Birding Award for its efforts to promote ethical birding guidelines and bird conservation through its Puget Sound Bird Fest event that will be held in Edmonds, Washington from September 11th – 13th, 2015.  

The Puget Sound Bird Fest has demonstrated a commitment to ethical birdwatching behavior by adopting and adhering to the Mindful Birding Project’s Code of Ethics. The Bird Fest event 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 Puget Sound Bird Fest offers a variety of birdwatching field trips 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 Puget Sound Bird Fest 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.

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. 

Monterey Bay Birding Festival Receives a 2015 Mindful Birding Award

Monterey Bay Birding Festival Associations is the recipient of a 2015 Mindful Birding Award for its efforts to promote ethical birding guidelines and bird conservation through its Monterey Bay Birding Festival that will be held in and around the Monterey Bay area from September 24th-26th, 2015.

The Monterey Bay Birding Festival has demonstrated a commitment to ethical birdwatching behavior by adopting and adhering to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. 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 Monterey Bay Birding Festival offers a variety of birdwatching field trips 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 Monterey Bay Birding Festival 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.

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.

San Diego Bird Festival Receives a 2016 Mindful Birding Award

San Diego Audubon Society is the recipient of a 2016 Mindful Birding Award for its efforts to promote ethical birding guidelines and bird conservation through its San Diego Bird Festival that will be held from March 3rd – 6th, 2016.

The San Diego Bird Festival has demonstrated a commitment to ethical birdwatching behavior by adopting and adhering to a code of birding ethics. 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 San Diego Bird Festival offers a variety of birdwatching field trips 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 San Diego Bird Festival 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.

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.

Point Reyes Birding Festival Receives a 2016 Mindful Birding Award

Environmental Action Committee of West Marin is the recipient of a 2016 Mindful Birding Award for its efforts to promote ethical birding guidelines and bird conservation through its Point Reyes Birding Festival that will be held from April 22nd – 24th, 2016.

The Point Reyes Birding 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. Additionally, the event publishes its ethics online for a wide distribution.

The Point Reyes Birding Festival offers a variety of birdwatching field trips 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 Point Reyes Birding Festival 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.

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.

Winter Wings Festival Receives a 2016 Mindful Birding Award

Klamath Basin Audubon Society is the recipient of a 2016 Mindful Birding Award for its efforts to promote ethical birding guidelines and bird conservation through its Winter Wings Festival that will be held in Klamath Falls, Oregon from February 11th – 14th, 2016.

The Winter Wings Festival has demonstrated a commitment to ethical birdwatching behavior by adopting and adhering to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. 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 festival encourages trip leaders to discuss birding ethics with attendees during travel time on field trips, publishes its ethics online for a wide distribution, and draws specific attention to ethical guidelines relating to road safety and the ability of birders to generate goodwill among birders and non-birders alike.

The Winter Wings Festival offers a variety of birdwatching field trips 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 Winter Wings Festival 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.

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.