Code of Ethics for Birding and Photography

Friends of Camas support Wildlife observation, while at the same time advocates protecting the birds, wildlife and natural resources at Camas National Wildlife Refuge.

Follow these guidelines to protect birds and their habitats.

Promote the welfare of birds and their habitats

  • Keep disturbance to a minimum. Some species can tolerate human activity, while others are extremely sensitive. Migrants are especially sensitive to disturbance as they may be tired and hungry - allow them time to rest and feed.
  • Rare birds are exciting, but consider the circumstances of the sighting before widely releasing the information. If you are unsure consult with the Refuge Staff. Report and document your sightings. 
  • Keep well back from nests and nesting colonies, roosts, display areas, and important feeding sites. In such sensitive areas try to use a blind or hide, and take advantage of natural cover
  • Use artificial light sources (ex. flash) sparingly when filming and photographing birds, especially for close-ups and never use flash with owls. 
  • Do not alter habitat or nesting sites to optimize photographic opportunities. 
  • Stay on designated trails. No matter how established a trail might seem, don't use it unless it is properly marked. 
  • Respect trail closures and regenerating sites. Restoration projects that will benefit bird habitat may result in temporary closures.
  • Report all nests of birds considered species at risk to refuge staff. Never publically promote these nesting locations

Respect others

  • Follow all the rules of the refuge, including parking, closed areas to vehicles and speed limits. 
  • While on the Auto Trail do not impede traffic with your vehicle or equipment ·
  • Practice common courtesy when in contact with other people. Your exemplary behavior will generate goodwill with birders and non-birders alike.