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

The Prairie Enthusiasts 2017 Annual Conference

March 4

JDCF is co-hosting this annual, one-day conference with the Northwest Illinois Prairie Enthusiasts.  The theme will be Landscapes of the Future: Challenges & Opportunities. Two keynote speakers will be Jeff Walk of The Nature Conservancy, speaking on “Climate Change & Habitat Preservation & Restoration” and Bob Palmer of the Effigy Mounds National Monument, speaking on “Fertile Ground […] Read More

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Popcorn & Program: FIRE, the Science of Prairie Restoration Burns

March 18 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Learn about the important role fire plays in the prairie ecosystem from our own Director of Land Stewardship, Ryan Getz. This “Popcorn & Program” is at the Galena Territory Association on Saturday, March 18 at 6:30 PM with the program beginning at 7:00 PM. As a follow up, all are welcome to come out in April […] Read More

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JDCF Annual Meeting

April 1 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join fellow JDCF members and our guest speaker, botanical artist, George Olson, at our annual meeting.  Mr. Olson will have some of his work on site.  We will also be honoring John & Barbara Rutherford as recipients of the 2017 Nancy Hamill Winter Conservation Leadership Award.

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Calling All Volunteers – River Clean Up

April 22 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

The annual Mississippi River Clean Up will take place from 8 am until 3:30 pm at Gear’s Ferry Landing south of Galena. Individuals and families with older children are welcome.   This event is generously sponsored by Chestnut Mountain Resort. Boats and shovels are needed. Anyone who provides a boat for the day will be reimbursed […] Read More

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