Birding Ethics

Do not endanger the welfare of birds and other wildlife.

  • Observe and photograph birds without knowingly disturbing them in any significant way.
  • Avoid chasing or repeatedly flushing birds.
  • Only use recordings or other methods of attracting birds sparingly. Do NOT use these methods in heavily birded areas.
  • Keep an appropriate distance from nests and nesting colonies so as not to disturb or expose them to danger.
  • Refrain from handling birds or eggs unless engaged in recognized research activities.

Act in ways that do not harm the natural environment.

  • Stay on existing roads, trails, and pathways whenever possible to avoid trampling or otherwise disturbing fragile habitat.
  • Leave all habitat as you find it.

Respect the rights of others.

  • Observe “No Trespassing” signs.
  • Obtain permission to enter private or posted lands.
  • Observe all laws and the rules and regulations which govern public use of birding areas.
  • Do not walk or stand in front of others using binoculars or scopes

For more information, contact info@nulljdcf.org

Upcoming Events

Creatures of the Night: Owls & Bats

October 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn about some of our nocturnal friends, owls and bats. This program, geared towards a middle school grade level, introduces the life cycle of the owl and its food and habitat. It also identifies the characteristics that make the owl a perfect predator and member of the raptor family. Participants will get to dissect an […] Read More

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The Return of Large Predators to the Midwest

November 11 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

JDCF, the Illinois DNR, and the Jo Daviess County Farm Bureau invite the public to a seminar to provide research-based information about basic biology, identification, status in the Midwest and expectations for the future of wolves, cougars, and black bears – carnivores that in yet small but increasing numbers are appearing on our landscape. Keynote […] Read More

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Owl Prowl

December 2 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening owl-prowl hike at Casper Bluff.  This year, we will be joined by the Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab and Education Center who will bring along a few of their feathered friends for an educational program and meet and greet with live owls before we head out on the trails. There will be […] Read More

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