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This policy was last updated on June 1, 2023. If you have questions, please email us. We welcome questions and comments.

Birding Ethics

In addition to the guidelines 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.

Expectations and Guidelines for Conduct at Festival Events

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

We strive to make all participants feel welcome at our events. Conflicts happen, despite our best efforts. Some behavior, even when unintentional, will always result in the offender being asked to leave. While we prioritize those who have been harmed, we also believe that most people are open to course correction and personal change. “Canceling” and “Calling Out” are never our goals. We prefer to “call in” as much as possible, and, if progress can be made, we will support that.

If you witness or experience conduct that makes you feel uncomfortable, find a staff member and request assistance. 

The following are not permitted. If you engage in these behaviours, you may be asked to leave immediately or escorted from the premises by security staff. Please be aware that any problems that arrise offsite may involve local law enforcement.

  • Repeated unwelcome physical contact or sexual attention
  • Harassment, intimidation, or bullying online or in person of Festival staff, volunteers, trip leaders, exhibitors, presenters, or participants Bullying or harassment involving age, ability, appearance, health status, citizenship, color, race, or gender identity, and behaviors such as stalking, intimidation, physical threats or abuse and threats of violence will result in immediate expulsion.
  • 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. A trained facilitator will be available at select programs—please ask.

Staff, Festival presenters, and volunteers also receive training on our expectations and are required to uphold our policies.

By registering for the Festival or any of its events, you agree that you understand and will  abide by these expectations. Thank you!