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.