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Field Trips Information

This photo was taken by Tom Drouet on a Sea & Sage trip at Lake Carneros, led by Roy Poucher. 

American Birding Association Principles of Birding Ethics
Everyone who enjoys birds and birding must always respect wildlife, its environment, and the rights of others.  In any conflict of interest between birds and birders, the welfare of the birds and their environment comes first.
Promote the welfare of birds and their environment.
Support the protection of important bird habitat.
To avoid stressing birds or exposing them to danger, exercise restraint and caution during observation, photography, sound recording, or filming. 
Limit the use of recording and other methods of attracting birds, and never use such methods in heavily birded areas or for attracting any species that is Threatened, Endangered, of of Special Concern, or is rare in your local area.
Keep well back from nests and nesting colonies, roosts, display areas, and important feeding sites.  In such sensitive areas, if there is a need for extended observation, photography, filming , or recording, try to use a blind or hide, and take advantage of natural cover.
Use artificial light sparingly for filming or photography, especially for close-ups.
Before advertising the presence of a rare bird, evaluate the potential for disturbance to the bird, its surroundings, and other people in the area, and proceed only if access can be controlled, disturbances can be minimized, and permission has been obtained from private land-owners.  The sites of rare nesting birds should be divulged only to the proper conservation authorities.
Stay on roads, trails, and paths where they exist; otherwise keep habitat disturbance to a minimum.
Respect the law and the rights of others.
Do not enter private property without the owner's explicit permission.
Follow all laws, rules, and regulations governing use of roads and public areas, both at home and abroad.
Practice common courtesy in contacts with other people.  Your exemplary behavior will general goodwill with birders and non-birders alike.
Ensure that feeders, nest structures, & other artificial bird environments are safe.
Keep dispensers, water, and food clean and free of decay or disease. It is important to feed birds continually during harsh weather.
Maintain and clean nest structures regularly.
If you are attracting birds to an area, ensure the birds are not exposed to predation from cats and other domestic animals, or dangers posed by artificial hazards.
Group birding, whether organized or impromptu, requires special care.
Areas Covered in this Field Trips Section
Carpooling policy:
For some outings, it is customary that participants make carpooling arrangements. Sea and Sage Audubon does not have insurance for carpooling arrangements and assumes no liability for them.  Carpooling, ride sharing or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among the participants.  Participants assume the risks associated with this travel.
Field Trip Schedule:
Every year, a new field trip schedule is posted on our webpage. The trips are not "set in stone" and changes are made to the schedule during the year. Some trips are cancelled, others are added. Detailed information about each trip can be found on the "Upcoming Field Trips" page which covers trips which require advanced reservations, monthly trips, and trips occurring within a three-month period. Information on these field trips can also be found in our newsletter.
Field Trip Reports:
This page contains reports (bird lists, notes about the trip by the leader, & trip photos) of the trips which have alrady taken place.
Field Trip Liability Waivers: 
Every trip participant must read and sign a trip liability waiver before participating in a field trip. Trips which require advance reservations and have a trip fee need to have a trip waiver signed and sent in with the payment for the trip. Those trips which do not have a trip fee, do not require the trip waiver to be sent in in advance; instead, the trip leaders for those trips will have copies of the waiver to be signed at the meeting place before the trip.
Questions about our field trips? ask Nancy
page updated 1/7/14





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