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VSO Summer 2014 Newsletter now available


Chincoteague - September 12-14, 2014


Special VSO Field Trip to Craney Island, August 16, 2014


2014 revised VSO field checklist


VSO Speakers Directory 2014-2015 now available


J. J. Murray Research Award Call for Applications


 

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VSO Fall Field Trip Chincoteague, VA, September 12-14, 2014

American Golden Plover
American Golden Plover © VSO

Every fall is different at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, so join us to discover the surprises that await us on this year’s annual fall VSO trip, September 12-14. Last we tallied 139 species, including a fabulous combination of waterfowl, shorebirds and migrating songbirds.





VSO’s Principles of Birding Ethics

In the Fall 2008 issue of the Virginia Society of Ornithology newsletter, VSO President David Spears said, “In the Federalist Papers, Hamilton and Madison wrote, 'If men were angels, no government would be necessary.' But men aren't angels, they went on to argue, and therefore we need rules to govern our behavior. What about birders? Are we all angels? Do we need rules?”

President Spears' article continued on this idea of rules for birding and defining ethical birding behavior. The Virginia Society of Ornithology recently adopted a set of principles for birding ethically. The VSO has been considering the issues related to birding ethics for the past year. These issues have been discussed at length on the VA-Bird listserv, in emails, at VSO board meetings and field trips, in the VSO newsletter and who knows where else. Birding organizations across the country and the world are considering or have enacted similar policies. Many organizations have adopted the American Birding Association's code of birding ethics. The VSO's Principles of Birding Ethics are based on this ABA code. The VSO hopes these are guidelines that birders in Virginia will support and abide by. Please share copies of the principles with your birding friends. Download VSO's Principles of Birding Ethics ...>>