About Us

The Nova Scotia Bird Society has been a focus for birders in this province for 60 years. Serving about 450 members, we have much to offer anyone interested in wild birds. Browse through our web site for a sample of what we do, and feel free to send us an e-mail if you would like more information.

Photo Credits

Special thanks to Richard Stern, Alix d'Entremont, Ron d'Entremont, Bruce Stevens and David Currie for use of their photo images throughout the website.

Home Page - Gray Jay - Alix d'Entremont
Home page - Cape Sable Island light - Ron d'Entremont
Home Page - Bohemian Waxwing - David Currie
Home Page - Fieldfare - Bruce Stevens
Banner -Shorebirds in Flight - Richard Stern


Ethics for Birders

This section is excerpted from Claudia Wilds's outstanding book Finding Birds in the National Capital Area (Smithsonian, 1992; available from the ABA).

1. Put the welfare of the bird first.

a. Do nothing that would flush a bird from its nest or keep it from its eggs or young.

b. Avoid chasing or repeatedly flushing any bird; in particular, do not force a tired migrant or a bird in cold weather to use up energy in flight.

c. Do not handle birds or their eggs unless you have a permit to do so.

d. Make a special effort to avoid or stop the harassment of any bird whose presence in the area has been publicized among birders. This stricture especially applies to the use of tapes and to the disturbance of nesting birds, and of vagrants and rare, threatened, and endangered species.

e. If you think a bird's welfare will be threatened if its presence is publicized, document it carefully and report its presence only to someone who needs to have the information (e.g., a refuge manager, an officer of the appropriate records committee, the editor of the appropriate journal). If you are not sure, discuss it with the manager of a rare bird alert or another experienced and responsible birder.

2. Protect habitat.

a. Stay on existing roads and trails whenever possible.

b. Leave vegetation as you find it; do not break it or remove it to get a better view, or trample marshland into mud.

3. Respect the rights of others.

a. Do not trespass on property that may be private, whether or not "No Trespassing" signs have been posted. Ask the landowner directly for access unless specific permission for birders to enter the area has been announced or published.

b. Do not enter closed areas of public lands without permission.

If you find a rare bird on land that is closed to the public, do not publicize it without describing the possible consequences of doing so to the owner and obtaining appropriate permission.

d. Stay out of plowed or planted fields and managed turf or sod.

e. By behaving responsibly and courteously to non-birders at all times, help to ensure that birders will be welcome everywhere. Do nothing that may have the consequence of excluding future birders from an area.

f. When seeking birding information from others call only between 9 a.m and 9 p.m. (their time!) unless you know that your call will be welcome at that number at other hours.