Privacy Policy

Welcome to our Privacy Policy

Your privacy is critically important to me.

A note from Greg Gillson before the legal templates--

I don't directly collect any personal information at this time. I may set up a mailing list in the future with your name and email address. It will be for my personal use in communicating with you, and not given or sold to others. If I make a mailing list, I'll make sure you can opt out easily.

However, several pieces of my website likely do collect some information. As far as I can determine these are the programs that might collect data, either on my site or if you follow a link to them. There may be others of which I am unaware.

1) The blog itself is Google Blogger, it has:
     a) built-in analytics that tells me approximately how many people visit my website, what pages, what country, and what operating system
     b) blog comment form and possibly email address and whatever information you voluntarily give
     c) links you may follow to offsite web pages over which I have no control
2) Google Analytics tells me what articles get visitors and if you have visited before (but not who you are or any way to contact you), also if you came via a web search engine it may tell me what question you asked to get to my site. This program helps me know what articles people like so I can write more about that subject in the future.
3) Amazon affiliate program to offer you products for sale where I may get a commission
4) Adorama affiliate program to offer you products for sale where I may get a commission
5) future affiliate programs -- I will likely join additional affiliate sites. If so, I'll list here.
6) Mediavine ads programs -- I will get payment for showing you ads on my site or if you visit the advertiser. Mediavine has their own opt-out popup (including European GDPR) the first time you visit. [Mediavine's creates its own privacy policy, below.]

Last updated: May 16, 2022

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It is What birds are in my backyard?'s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our website. This Privacy Policy applies to (hereinafter, "us", "we", or ""). We respect your privacy and are committed to protecting personally identifiable information you may provide us through the Website. We have adopted this privacy policy ("Privacy Policy") to explain what information may be collected on our Website, how we use this information, and under what circumstances we may disclose the information to third parties. This Privacy Policy applies only to information we collect through the Website and does not apply to our collection of information from other sources.
This Privacy Policy, together with the Terms and conditions posted on our Website, set forth the general rules and policies governing your use of our Website. Depending on your activities when visiting our Website, you may be required to agree to additional terms and conditions.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, What birds are in my backyard? collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. What birds are in my backyard?'s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how What birds are in my backyard?'s visitors use its website. From time to time, What birds are in my backyard? may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
What birds are in my backyard? also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on blog posts. What birds are in my backyard? only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to What birds are in my backyard?'s websites choose to interact with What birds are in my backyard? in ways that require What birds are in my backyard? to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that What birds are in my backyard? gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for a blog at to provide a username and email address.


The security of your Personal Information is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.


Ads appearing on our website may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by What birds are in my backyard? and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Links To External Sites

Our Service may contain links to external sites that are not operated by us. If you click on a third party link, you will be directed to that third party's site. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy and terms and conditions of every site you visit.
We have no control over, and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites, products or services.

Aggregated Statistics

What birds are in my backyard? may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its website. What birds are in my backyard? may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, What birds are in my backyard? does not disclose your personally-identifying information.

Affiliate Disclosure

This site uses affiliate links and does earn a commission from certain links. This does not affect your purchases or the price you may pay.


To enrich and perfect your online experience, What birds are in my backyard? uses "Cookies", similar technologies and services provided by others to display personalized content, appropriate advertising and store your preferences on your computer.
A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor's computer, and that the visitor's browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. What birds are in my backyard? uses cookies to help What birds are in my backyard? identify and track visitors, their usage of, and their website access preferences. What birds are in my backyard? visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using What birds are in my backyard?'s websites, with the drawback that certain features of What birds are in my backyard?'s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.
By continuing to navigate our website without changing your cookie settings, you hereby acknowledge and agree to What birds are in my backyard?'s use of cookies.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, What birds are in my backyard? may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in What birds are in my backyard?'s sole discretion. What birds are in my backyard? encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Credit & Contact Information

This privacy policy was created at If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us via email.

Updated: May 16, 2022:

Mediavine Programmatic Advertising (Ver 1.1)

The Website works with Mediavine to manage third-party interest-based advertising appearing on the Website. Mediavine serves content and advertisements when you visit the Website, which may use first and third-party cookies. A cookie is a small text file which is sent to your computer or mobile device (referred to in this policy as a “device”) by the web server so that a website can remember some information about your browsing activity on the Website.

First party cookies are created by the website that you are visiting. A third-party cookie is frequently used in behavioral advertising and analytics and is created by a domain other than the website you are visiting. Third-party cookies, tags, pixels, beacons and other similar technologies (collectively, “Tags”) may be placed on the Website to monitor interaction with advertising content and to target and optimize advertising. Each internet browser has functionality so that you can block both first and third-party cookies and clear your browser’s cache. The "help" feature of the menu bar on most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to receive notification of new cookies, how to disable existing cookies and how to clear your browser’s cache. For more information about cookies and how to disable them, you can consult the information at All About Cookies.

Without cookies you may not be able to take full advantage of the Website content and features. Please note that rejecting cookies does not mean that you will no longer see ads when you visit our Site. In the event you opt-out, you will still see non-personalized advertisements on the Website.

The Website collects the following data using a cookie when serving personalized ads:

  • IP Address
  • Operating System type
  • Operating System version
  • Device Type
  • Language of the website
  • Web browser type
  • Email (in hashed form)

Mediavine Partners (companies listed below with whom Mediavine shares data) may also use this data to link to other end user information the partner has independently collected to deliver targeted advertisements. Mediavine Partners may also separately collect data about end users from other sources, such as advertising IDs or pixels, and link that data to data collected from Mediavine publishers in order to provide interest-based advertising across your online experience, including devices, browsers and apps. This data includes usage data, cookie information, device information, information about interactions between users and advertisements and websites, geolocation data, traffic data, and information about a visitor’s referral source to a particular website. Mediavine Partners may also create unique IDs to create audience segments, which are used to provide targeted advertising.

If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices to opt-in or opt-out of this data collection, please visit National Advertising Initiative opt out page. You may also visit Digital Advertising Alliance website and Network Advertising Initiative website to learn more information about interest-based advertising. You may download the AppChoices app at Digital Advertising Alliance’s AppChoices app to opt out in connection with mobile apps, or use the platform controls on your mobile device to opt out.

For specific information about Mediavine Partners, the data each collects and their data collection and privacy policies, please visit Mediavine Partners.

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