Outing Protocol
and Code of Conduct

Changes for an activity

For many reasons, an activity may be modified or its schedule changed. Check the details, meeting place, date and time of an activity first by consulting the regular updated Google Calendar of Activities. However, any activity can be changed, in the morning and at the meeting place, by the person in charge of the outing, should circumstances arise that make the outing impossible or impractical. If a site could not be visited or no longer seem to be of interest, another site could be substituted if necessary.


  • Clothing: For all excursions, wear waterproof footwear and clothing appropriate to the location and season.
  • Food: Bring a snack and water or other beverage.
  • Carrying items: Bring a backpack; binoculars, camera, lunch, may make walking difficult in some conditions. 
  • Personal belongings: Do not bring valuables and keep all important documents, credit cards and cash with you. 
  • Noise and sounds: Do not use sound recordings or imitate bird calls or songs during breeding season or under any circumstances where it may be harmful to them.
  • Punctuality: Arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure time. As a courtesy to everyone, please arrive on time. Departures are at the exact time indicated in the calendar. 


For environmental and economic issues, COBM encourages carpooling during Club activities. This is why activities always start from a point that is easily accessible to everyone.

We also encourage cost sharing. COBM proposes a uniform formula of $0.25 per kilometer travelled to be divided among all passengers, including the driver. For example, for an outing to George Montgomery Sanctuary, we calculate $0,25 x 80 km (round trip) for a total of $20,00. If there are four people in the car, the three passengers each pay $5,00 to the driver.

Code of Conduct of Regroupement QuébecOiseaux

The Club des ornithologues de Brome-Missisquoi subscribes to the Code of Conduct of Regroupement QuébecOiseaux. As birdwatchers, we share our interest in avian wildlife and its environment and we are all concerned about protecting them. Our actions must therefore reflect these values. COBM invites all its members to follow its recommendations aiming at protecting birds, their habitats and the reputation of recreational ornithology. Click here for the complete version of the Code de conduite. 

Respecting and protecting birds

  • Do not scare, chase or bother birds,
  • Stay away from the nests,
  • Do not use sound recordings or imitate birds during breeding period or when conditions are likely to be detrimental to them.
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Preserving and respecting bird habitats

  • Stay on the trails and do not damage the vegetation,
  • Do not leave any rubbish,
  • Respect private property.

Respecting other people

  • Do not make noise,
  • Keep your voice down (out of respect for those who like to listen to birds, or who are trying to identify their call or song or to record them),
  • Allow everyone to observe and share their knowledge.