We encourage birdwatchers to have gratifying birding experiences while maintaining the ability of birds to behave naturally. In this document we present a list of ethical birding guidelines compiled from an extensive online search of guidelines used by organizations, birding festivals, and nature tour operators.

Consider Wildlife- avoid causing disturbances which alter bird behavior and put birds at risk.
Put birds first
Be aware of the life cycle and needs of birds
Notice bird behavior
Lessen your impact

Consider People and Place- avoid trespassing, know and follow rules,.and be a good representative of the birding community.
Bird in public areas or when on private property, with permission
Drive carefully
Respect others

Enjoy your Time in Nature- take the time to observe, experience, and reflect.

Consider your Stewardship of the Resource- how can you preserve and protect birding areas for future enjoyment?
Support Conservation
Leave no Trace

  • Printable 2018 Bird Festival Brochure [PDF]
  • Printable 2018 Registration Worksheet/Mail-in Registration Form [PDF]
  • Complete list of sightings from 2017 Festival [PDF]
  • 2018 Silent Auction Donor Form [PDF]
  • 2018 California Young Birders Scholarship Form [PDF]
  • A listing of our Ethical Birding Guidelines
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Contact Info

4010 Morena Blvd
Suite #100
San Diego, CA 92117
(858) 273-7800

Office Hours

Our office is staffed by volunteer receptionists. Please call (858) 273-7800 before planning your visit to ensure someone will be there to assist you.