2. Don't Get Close to Wildlife
Humans frighten animals. Even if they do not show
it, birds and animals are tense when people are
around. For nesting birds, keep a good distance
off, or else you might frighten the parents
into abandoning the chicks. That is what your
binoculars, scopes and zoom lenses are for. Let
birds and animals behave naturally, let them raise
their offspring in peace.
3. Don't Harass Wildlife
These days everyone is using playback, some even
at top volume and for long stretches of time at
that. Many of us have seen birds frantically flying
back and forth looking for their invisible ‘rival’.
Too much playback and the bird might flee its
territory needlessly. Flash photography also scares
and blinds animals, especially night creatures with
their sensitive eyes. Be considerate, if animals and
birds wanted flashing lights and repeated sounds,
they would go to a disco. Most of all, do not feed,
molest, torture, poach or kill wildlife.
4. Protect Nature from Abusers
Educate the newbies and ignorant, perhaps
make a passing comment to explain how some
actions can harm our animals and plants. For the
persistent vandal, get evidence and report them
to the authorities or at least expose their abusive
behaviour to the nature community. Try to
educate the ignorant, help stop the cruel.
Click here for the full article in Nature News.
Click here for the full Code of Ethics for Nature.
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