|RIDEAU LAKES BIRDING GROUP
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Next outing for the Rideau Lakes Birding Group:
On Thursday, April 20, the Rideau Lakes Birding Group will be touring
the Lyndhurst area. For more information contact either Ethel
Green at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Kerstin Ring at
Lakes Birding Group gets together once a week to enjoy a morning of bird
watching. All levels are welcome -- from beginner to expert. It's a
great way to see the birds of the region and to discover the forests,
trails, wetlands and parks of the beautiful Rideau Lakes region. The
goals of the group are to learn about birds and have fun.
Lakes Birding Group was formed in Fall 2013 by Marty Burke who sadly
passed away in March 2015. Marty was inspired by the natural beauty of
the Rideau Lakes area and he especially enjoyed birding watching and
nature photography. The group is associated with the Rideau Lakes
Township. Currently there are about 20 members in the group.
Thursday, group members meet at a pre-determined location to start their
morning of bird watching. In the late spring/summer, the meeting time is
7:30 a.m., the rest of the year it is 8:00 a.m. The group stops
for a refreshment break mid-morning at a local restaurant for about
30-40 minutes. After the break, the bird watching resumes until about
12-12:30 p.m. If there is more than one car on the tour, walkie-talkies
are used to communicate between the cars. The passengers in a car pay
the driver $5 each for gas ($10 if a long distance is travelled).
Every Tuesday an e-mail is sent to all members reminding them where we
will meet on Thursday.
If you are
interested in joining the Rideau Lakes Birding Group for an outing,
contact Ethel Green at
Field Ornithologists Code of Ethics
Lakes Birding Group supports the Code of Ethics of the Ontario Field
number of birders increases, we must all make every effort to act in a
positive and responsible way. Bird watchers must convey a responsible
image to non-birders who may be affected by our activities. We are
ambassadors of birding and our actions today will reflect the respect we
receive in the future.
welfare of the birds must come first
consider the impact of your activity on the bird. Respect bird
protection laws. We are all responsible to ensure we abide by them at
vital for the existence of birds and we must ensure that our activities
cause minimum damage to the environment. Use trails to avoid trampling
vegetation and keep disturbance to a minimum. Use common sense and
extreme caution around nests. If birds become agitated while
photographing them, leave the area. Avoid the use of flash photography
on owls. Recordings and similar methods of attracting birds may cause
stress for territorial birds. They should be used sparingly and avoided
in heavily birded areas. Do not deliberately flush birds.
record the discovery of a rare breeding bird, but you are not obligated
to report your find to other birders. You may wish to inform the Ontario
Nest Records Scheme at the Royal Ontario Museum. Avoid visiting known
sites of rare breeding birds unless they can be viewed from a distance
are the species most sought after by birders. If you discover a rarity,
consider the circumstances carefully before releasing the information.
You must take responsibility for the decision to release the find. You
should consider whether an influx of birders will disturb the bird,
people or other species in the area and whether habitat will be damaged.
If you decide to let others know of the location, inform the landowner,
explain what may happen and get permission to tell other birders. Get
the landowner’s input about where birders may stand to get a good view
and what time is OK for people to view the birds. Give precise
directions to the spot. If possible include a contact phone number. At
all times make as little noise as possible.
the rights of landowners and occupiers of land
entering an area, be aware of the rules about access such as by-laws of
conservation authorities, national and provincial parks and regional
authorities. Always act in a responsible way and if you are asked to
leave, do so immediately. Do not block gateways or cause damage to
fences and leave gates as you find them. Do not obstruct people who may
be working in these areas.
proper consideration for other birders
Try not to
disrupt other birders’ activities or scare the birds they are watching.
Do not interfere with the outdoor activities of other people. Be polite
to other birders and helpful to beginners. If you see people obviously
disturbing birds or significantly damaging habitat, explain to them the
effect of their actions in a courteous way as they may not be aware of
the effect they are having.
our knowledge about birds
detailed notes of your sightings and if you wish submit them to a
relevant authority (for example, area/regional bird record compiler,
www.eBird.ca and local naturalist
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