Ethics – What You Can Expect

1) Your privacy is important.

I will never sell, release, distribute, or share any personal information that I obtain from e-mails, phone calls, conversations, presentations, or any interactions with clients or their guests. This is intended to cover any possible situation that may occur.

The key point is: I respect other people’s privacy.

2) I use only my photos in my articles, blogs, photo classes, presentations, and web site.

Thus I never “borrow” other people’s photos.


Northern Pintail, Male, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye, in Ethics & Policies by Steve Kaye

Northern Pintail, Male


3) My photos and content are my intellectual property.

Everything on this web site is protected by copyright. I put my signature on the photos to signify that I own them and to discourage people from copying them.

In addition, my talks are my intellectual property. If someone wants to make copies or recordings, we need to sign a contract that defines how my material will be used.

4) All my photos were taken in ways that showed respect for Nature.

None of my photos caused any harm to wildlife or their environment.

I stay a safe distance from birds, nests, and critters. I watch where I walk to avoid stepping on plants.

5) All my photos are of real, live, wild animals, birds, and other critters.

So none of my photos were taken in zoos, game farms, animal hospitals, book stores, or museums.

Instead, I study bird behavior and then use that knowledge to be in the right place at the right time.

I take the best photo possible, and then perform minor adjustments.

6) I run a Green Business

Find out why that’s important here: Green Business


One More Thought: Why Post a Page about Ethics?

This serves two ends.

First, it tells what you can expect. And second, it helps me make decisions before they arrive.