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ETHICAL QUESTIONS FOR THE OUTDOOR NATURALIST (Zoom presentation)
March 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom webinar; pre-register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nGJpJr-SR2Ghro2oxuwiOA
Birding and other wildlife-watching activities have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, and especially during the pandemic. Doug Hitchcox, Staff Naturalist at Maine Audubon, will talk about the ethical issues that often confront well-meaning birders and wildlife-watchers, and dispel some of the myths that exist in our evolving relationship with nature. Topics include:
- Does bird-feeding actually help birds survive?
- Why are so-called “bird-friendly” yards often more deadly for birds?
- Should you chase after a rare bird, like the Steller’s sea eagle this winter?
- Why do cats need to be kept indoors?
- When should you let nature take its course, and when should you intervene?
Many of these questions raise ethical or social dilemmas. Doug will provide science-based answers that put the birds first, and also apply them to other human-wildlife encounters.