Bird Watching Ethics
Migratory and ground-nesting birds are sensitive to disturbance. Migratory birds require resting habitats and undisturbed access to food to successfully complete their migration. Ground-nesting birds flushed from a nest may abandon their eggs or young. Remember birds expend valuable energy when avoiding people and dogs. Please respect birds’ feeding, resting and nesting needs:
- Stay on designated trails.
- Use binoculars or scopes to watch wildlife.
- Learn to recognise wildlife alarm signals – when a bird changes behaviour, even by stopping what it is doing, you are too close.
- Leave plants, they are important habitat.
- Keep dogs leashed, on designated trails and under control or leave them at home.
British Columbia Wildlife Watch is a provincial program designed to promote wildlife viewing opportunities. It was initiated in 1989 by the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks, now called the Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection. For more information on wildlife viewing opportunities throughout British Columbia contact:
The Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection, British Columbia Wildlife Watch
Address: PO Box 9374, Stn. Prov.
Gov., Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 9M4