The Boston Birding Festival

Coming in the spring of 2024

This policy was last updated on June 1, 2022. For questions, please email us. We welcome questions and comments.

Birding Ethics

In addition to the conduct expectations described here, we urge all attendees and participants to review the ABA Birding Code of Ethics.  Anyone behaving in a way contrary to these standards during the Festival may be asked to leave.

Zero Tolerance for Harassment

The Boston Birding Festival has ZERO TOLERANCE for bullying and harassment. This policy extends to attendees, staff, trip leaders, speakers volunteers, exhibitors, contractors, security, etc. in all spaces where Festival programming takes place or is being created or presented as well as any service areas and in any Festival van, bus, boat, etc.

We believe birding is for everyone and that everyone deserves to be treated with consideration, grace, and compassion. We strive to make participants feel welcome at our events. Our events include people with many different backgrounds, abilities, identities, ages, and attitudes. We expect everyone to engage courteously and to be inclusive and kind. If not, we may not be the right festival for you.

Conflicts will happen, despite our best efforts. We accept that no one is perfect and we also believe that most people are open to growth and change. We reject all bullying, including bullying cloaked as “calling-out.” We embrace “calling in” when dealing with actual human beings. This is where we start because grace and kindness create more change than shame ever can.  That said, some offenses, even when unintentional, may result in the offender being asked to leave.

If you witness or experience conduct that makes you feel uncomfortable, find a staff member and request assistance. We will do our best to provide support and facilitate difficult conversations. 

We will enforce our no-bullying, no-hate, no-harassment policy with the assistance of private security and public safety officers as required by law. Please note: offsites incidents will be handed by local law enforcement, not staff.

The following are not permitted, If you engage in these behaviours, you will be sked to leave.

  • Repeated unwelcome physical contact or sexual attention
  • Harassment, intimidation, or bullying online or in person of Festival staff, trip leaders, exhibitors, presenters, or attendees especially if related to age, ability, appearance, health status, citizenship, color, race, or gender identity, and behaviors such as stalking, intimidation and physical and verbal abuse
  • Repeated disruption of Festival programming
  • Property theft
  • Harassing birds or animals or deliberately damaging habitat

We ask everyone to be considerate and also to be generous of spirit and to assume the best, not the worst of each other. 

By registering for the Festival or any of its events, you agree to abide by this policy. If you do not agree, we encourage you to choose a different birding festival. Thank you!