[Tweeters] ABA Code of Birding Ethics

Paul Bannick paul.bannick at gmail.com
Mon Jan 20 13:04:07 PST 2020


"defend", yes but also "understand". I think most people want to follow
the guidelines but may be aware that certain things are against those
rules. Jamie's example of using playback is a great example.

On Mon, Jan 20, 2020 at 12:18 PM Izzy Wong <gobirder at gmail.com> wrote:


> I agree, the wording should be firmer and more direct, otherwise some

> folks can find ways to defend their unethical actions.

>

> I do commend them for offering a Spanish version of the code of ethics.

>

> Izzy Wong

>

> Sent from my iPhone

>

> On Jan 19, 2020, at 6:08 PM, Paul Bannick <paul.bannick at gmail.com> wrote:

>

> 

> Agreed! Thanks for voicing these concerns

>

> On Sun, Jan 19, 2020 at 5:59 PM Patricia Quyle Grainger <paq at olypen.com>

> wrote:

>

>> Very well stated! Thank you! I have been concerned about recordings being

>> used for a long time.

>>

>> Pat Quyle Grainger

>> Port Townsend

>>

>>

>> Sent from my iPhone

>>

>> > On Jan 19, 2020, at 5:08 PM, J. Acker <owler at sounddsl.com> wrote:

>> >

>> > Tweeters,

>> > I for one was disappointed with the release of the recently updated ABA

>> Code of Ethics, specifically Section 1b concerning the use of recordings.

>> When the ABA was soliciting input on proposed changes last fall, I provided

>> feedback and informed them of the illegality of the use of playback in

>> National Parks as well that the use of playback targeted for Spotted Owls

>> is considered harassment. I requested that they consider rewriting 1b to

>> provide stronger language. In my opinion, the ABA wimped out when they

>> provided the “guidance” in Section 1b that the use of playback should be

>> “limited… in heavily birded areas, for species that are rare in the area,

>> and for species that are threatened or endangered.” This statement has no

>> backbone and provides no support whatsoever for the birder in the field

>> confronted with a situation in which playback is being targeted against an

>> individual bird. (Think Havillah Great Gray Owl or a Spotted Owl). The ABA

>> committee responsible for the Code of Ethics may as well have neglected

>> even mentioning playback as a topic of ethical concern, as what they

>> provided has no meaning, as the word “limited” is debatable. The ABA of all

>> organizations should be at the forefront of protecting birds, especially

>> those that are threatened, endangered or under stress, but this particular

>> section of the revised code does not appear to put the bird’s interests

>> first. I had hoped that the leadership at ABA would lead rather than

>> follow the tide.

>> >

>> > J. Acker

>> > owler at sounddsl.com

>> > Bainbridge Island, WA

>> >

>> > -----Original Message-----

>> > From: Tweeters [mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman11.u.washington.edu] On

>> Behalf Of Izzy & Kendrick

>> > Sent: Saturday, January 18, 2020 2:22 PM

>> > To: tweeters at u.washington.edu

>> > Subject: [Tweeters] ABA Code of Birding Ethics

>> >

>> > Hi all,

>> >

>> > I’m not sure how to locate the recent ABA Code of Birding Ethics. My

>> understanding is that there were a few changes made a couple of months ago.

>> If someone could help me access this new code, I’d be most appreciative.

>> >

>> > Thanks for any assistance!

>> >

>> > izzy wong

>> > seattle, wa

>> > gobirder at gmail.com

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