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

Native Bee & Pollinator Landowner & Partner Workshop

August 4 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

JDCF, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, is hosting an informational workshop covering native bees in the Jo Daviess County area. Topics to be discussed include; native bee ecology and life history, sampling techniques and photography, and efforts to conserve native bees, including the federally endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee. Please join […] Read More

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Meteors on the Mound

August 11 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Join JDCF and the Planetary Studies Foundation to catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower from atop Horseshoe Mound on Saturday, August 11th from 7-11 PM. Enjoy family-friendly activities and learn about meteors before the sunset ushers in the celestial show! The event will be cancelled if it is raining, so please check jdcf.org […] Read More

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Fall Forest Hike

September 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

With fall on the way, the appearance of trees changes significantly and identifying them can be tricky – unless you know your bark, berries & nuts. Join us to celebrate the change of season with a Fall Forest Walk on Saturday, September 15th from 1:00- 3:00pm at the Schurmeier Teaching Forest. This free event will […] Read More

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Critters of the Night

October 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join JDCF on Saturday, October 2oth at 10:00 AM to 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 […] Read More

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