Vermont Fish and Wildlife offers spring birding tag

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is urging birders to observe wildlife and state guidelines this spring as birds migrate to Vermont for warmer days.

Here’s how to make sure you’re taking care of your environment while being on the lookout for birds this season, according to the American Birding Association’s Birding Code of Ethics.

Protect habitats

Avoiding disturbing birds when photographing or recording them can be tricky, as sounds and flashing lights can stress them out. That’s why Vermont Fish and Wildlife advises birders to use artificial light sparingly and to limit the use of tapes to attract birds.

It’s also important to stay away from important nests, roosts, display areas and feeding sites, the code of ethics says. Observers should stay on the trails when they can and refrain from doing things that will disturb the bird’s natural habitat.

Two bluebirds, along with another, had battled a robin over a holly bush on February 11, 2022 in Williston.  The birds had been photographed as early as February 9, after temperatures had been in the 40s for a few days.

Before alerting others to rare bird nesting sites, the Department of Fish and Wildlife asks people to report them to the relevant conservation authorities. Raising public awareness of the site may put the safety of birds at risk and disturb surrounding wildlife or other people in the area.

“Proceed only if access can be controlled, disruption minimized and permission has been obtained from private landowners,” the code says.

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