Yellow Warbler - Ed Toerek
Photo by Ed Toerek

Bird-watching is among one of the top pastimes for many Northeast Ohioans. With more than 250 species of birds making their homes in CVNP, where else can you find a better bird-watching experience than in your national park? Among others, check out the iconic great blue heron and the majestic bald eagles throughout the park. Just look up and let your experience begin!

Join us in observing the ABA Code of Birding Ethics - when viewing both our two-winged and four-footed Canalway neighbors. The American Birding Association (ABA) tells us “everyone who enjoys birds and birding must always respect wildlife, its environment, and the rights of others. In any conflict of interest between birds and birders, the welfare of the birds and wildlife and their environment comes first.”

Great Blue Heron -Cuyahoga Valley National Park-Ed Toerek

The American Birding Association (ABA) Code of Birding Ethics asks us to:

  1. Promote the welfare of birds and wildlife and their environment.
  2. Support the protection of important bird habitats.
  3. To avoid stressing birds or exposing them to danger, exercise restraint and caution during observation, photography, sound recording, or filming. Limit the use of recordings and other methods of attracting birds, and never use such methods in heavily birded areas, or for attracting any species that is Threatened, Endangered, or of Special Concern, or is rare in your local area.
  4. 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 sparingly for filming or photography, especially for close-ups.
  5. Stay on trails, paths and roads where they exist; otherwise keep habitat disturbance to a minimum.
  6. Follow all laws, rules, and regulations governing use of roads and public areas.
  7. Practice common courtesy in contacts with other people. Your exemplary behavior will generate goodwill with other birders and park visitors.

Learn more about protecting and nurturing our fine-feathered friends. Read the full list of ABA Principles of Birding Ethics:


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