Endangered Species Big Year Ethical Principles

To help the GGNP’s endangered species thrive, all GGNP Endangered Species Big Year participants must follow these Ethical Principles:

Be a responsible National Park visitor.

  • Never take any animal, plant, or any other item from the Park.
  • Keep clothes and shoes clean so you don’t inadvertently spread invasive plant seeds.
  • Learn and respect the rules and values of the National Park.
  • Promote the protection and preservation of park resources and values for future generations.
  • Share these ethics by word and by example.

Respect wildlife and wildlife habitats.

  • Walk and talk softly.
  • Stay on trails and within designated public areas; exercise caution to avoid disturbing or modifying endangered species habitat.
  • Never feed wildlife. Allow wild animals to carry on their lives without disruption.
  • Never use calls, recordings or other intrusive methods to attract threatened or endangered species.
  • Properly dispose of trash; leave behind only footprints.
  • Leave pets at home.

Respect the rights of others.

  • Observe all laws and regulations governing roads and public areas.
  • Behave in a courteous manner that will generate goodwill for the naturalist community.
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