By Cathy Kozmary
It is that time of year when we see migrants coming through Las Vegas, as well as nesting activity. It is important to remember that we need to give birds the space they need for their habits & survival. Migrant birds are coming down to rest and refuel before they continue towards their nesting grounds. Human disturbance can be very disruptive to a successful migration.
Of similar if not more importance is the fact that nest building & mating is in full swing. As one visits the various birding hot spots, you will undoubtedly see birds building nests and getting ready to lay their eggs. This activity is of the utmost importance to survival of the species. Be aware that getting too close, leaving a scent (can attract predators), and other such disturbances can be extremely harmful.
For many this serves as a reminder and is new for others. Below are 3 helpful links that provide a wealth of information about the ethics involved in birding, whilst still allowing everyone to have an enjoyable and meaningful experience!
Mindful Birding : http://www.mindfulbirding.org/index.php/existing-guidelines/4-shortlist-mindful-of-wildlife
NAS Ethical Birding : https://www.audubon.org/get-outside/audubons-guide-ethical-bird-photography
ABA Code of Birding Ethics : https://www.aba.org/aba-code-of-birding-ethics/