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This policy is was last updated on May 1, 2022. For questions, please email us at:


This policy is subject to change as we add new content and features to this website. If you have signed up for our mailing list, please note that we will send notice of updates to our privacy policy by email to users. If you feel that we are not abiding by this privacy policy,  please email us immediately. We welcome questions and comments!

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Who We Are

Our website address is: https://www.bostonbirdingfestival.org.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

We collect personal data so that you can have accurate personal account info and so that we can provide you with relevant information. We don’t share data except with third-party web services that we use on this website or to provide services you have requested.

We do not sell or exchange your data to anyone.

If You Leave Comments or Events or Blog Posts

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. Here is the Gravatar service privacy policy.  After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

We collect info via various 3rd-party forms including Mailchimp and Elementor. When registration is live, we will collect additional data and notify you at that time. 


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When we start to take names for waiting list for ticket sales, we will update this policy.

Embedded content from other websites

This site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, surveys, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


We use Google Analytics to track web data and improve our website. Read more here.

Who we share your data with

We share your data with the following third party services. Please click on each of these to access their privacy policy and terms or service.

Google Analytics


How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Other kinds of access to your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

If you have provided us with contact information, we store that information at Mailchimp. Only our management and marketing team has access to the contact list in Mailchimp.

If you take a quiz or a survey,  your contact information is always optional. That information is stored in a google doc and in Mailchimp.

A back up of our contact list is stored on a Google Drive. You can learn more about the terms of service and privacy policies of these two organizations above.

Additional information

We protect your data by using reputable third-party services to store our lists. If they report a data breach to us, we will report that to you.

Except for aggregate data from Google Analytics and other services, we do not receive any additional data from third parties. Social media activity from our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts remains on these platforms. Please visit these services to learn more about their policies.

We use this data only to improve our offerings and the performance of our website and to provide you with infrmation you request.