Mindful Birding Presents BIRD ALERT!

A Cartoon Adventure from a Bird's Point of View

Follow the saga of Alfie Bird, a willful male who encounters migration dangers, deceitful birders, surprise windows, birders' lasers, outdoor cats, reverse photography, and predators' accomplices, all as he strives to breed successfully.

The Mindful Birding Project is pleased to present its cartoon adventure starring Alfie Bird. This series entertains while increasing awareness of bird conservation and ethical birding guidelines. The episodes—Oh! Hold on! It looks like Alfie would like to say a few words. Go ahead, Alfie.

“Look here, birders. It’s not easy being a bird. You have no idea what it’s like. Cold nights. Storms. The tribulations of migration! And if that weren’t enough, we also have to contend with an occasional mindless birder who chases us around and interrupts our courtships or parental duties, all for that special photo or to add us to some all-important list. And don’t get me started on—”

Ahem. Thank you, Alfie. As we were saying, the cartoon series consists of ten short episodes. The first five were released on International Migratory Bird Day in May 2020, and the remaining five in June 2021. We hope Alfie’s adventures illuminate the challenges faced by birds. We encourage birding festivals, bird organizations, and bird enthusiasts to freely share these videos with interested audiences.


Celebrating Bird Festivals' Accomplishments and Ethical Birding Guidelines

The Mindful Birding project encourages birders to have gratifying experiences while maintaining the ability of birds to behave naturally. We present 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 the conservation contributions from America's birdwatchers, (2) increase awareness of ethical birding guidelines, and (3) encourage a practice of mindfulness among birders.

Our image of a Mindful Birder is one who is aware of:

  1. the needs of wildlife
  2. the role birders can play in advancing bird conservation
  3. the ways he or she may influence the experiences of others
  4. themselves and their personal birding experience
  5. his or her safety and the safety of others nearby

Mindful Birding is a charitable project of the Morrissey Family Foundation with contributions from Brandon Breen.

Questions? Would you like to publish a story about our festival awards program or birding cartoons? Contact us at mindfulbirding@gmail.com