We’re more than just a birding tour company. We care about the wildlife we showcase, the local communities we visit and the opportunities for education through exploration. That’s why we’re excited to announce that we’re a Top Ethical Birding Ecotour 2020! The Top Ethical Birding Ecotours 2020 is a unique list generated by a global community of travelers, bloggers, conservationists, tour guides, birders and ecotourism operators. Curated by Terra Incognita – a social enterprise seeking to promote the best examples of ethical ecotourism worldwide – we’re part of a group of 85 incredible birding tours from across the globe.
First launched in 2018, the list has grown in its third year to include tours in 40 countries.
“We are continually blown away by what operators are doing to have a positive impact on wildlife and local people through tourism,” said Dr Nick Askew of Terra Incognita. “Eventually we hope to showcase ethical experiences in every country worldwide.”
Tour operators on the list are doing everything from partnering with conservation charities and donating to conservation projects, to offsetting the carbon emissions generated by their business activities and encouraging their guests to do the same during their travels. Some are contributing to conservation research, while others are empowering local people through environmental education and capacity building, supporting future conservation ambassadors.
The list includes a transparent explanation of how all tours contribute to conservation, local communities and education and is open to reviews from guests who’ve participated in the tours.
“We know that it can be challenging for birdwatchers to find experiences that align with their values. In this new stage of travel we want to recognise companies who are truly committed to creating positive change for wildlife and communities,” said Kristi Foster of Terra Incognita.
The Top Ethical Birding Ecotours 2020 list was launched just ahead of Virtual Birdfair 2020 – an annual event for birdwatchers.
Bird experiences highlighted range from Golden-collared Manakin leks in Panama, to searching for Uganda’s iconic Shoebill by canoe. You can even see the migration of endless flocks of storks, pelicans and raptors following the Black Sea coastal flyway, with thousands of birds recorded in a single hour.
With tours in 40 countries across six continents you can discover an ethical experience closer to home, or find inspiration to explore a new corner of the world as travel resumes.
Check out our Woodpeckers, Owls and Grouse Tour and Birds of Prey Tour, both on the Ethical Birding Ecotours 2020 list, and join a movement to create positive change for people and planet through travel.