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

Fall Forest Walk

September 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

With fall on the way, the appearance of trees changes significantly and identifying them can be tricky – unless you know your bark, berries, and  nuts. Join us to celebrate the change of season with a Fall Forest Walk at Schurmeier Teaching Forest. This free event will be led by expert staff and volunteers from […] Read More

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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 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Our keynote speaker will be Adrian Wydeven, nationally-renowned timber wolf expert, based at the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College, in Ashland, WI. For more than 50 years, there were NO sightings of wolves in Illinois, but with declining habitat north of us, wolves have again been sighted since 2002, more in Jo Daviess […] 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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