Absolutely no sending invasive species, parasites, or items potentially carrying disease. Make sure that you know what you are sending before you send it. We do not want to be spreading any diseases, parasites, or weeds that are detrimental to an ecosystem and could cause a problem. If you are unsure, research your items on the internet before sending them.
In compliance with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 please do not send songbird feathers and/or eggs.
DO NOT PLANT ANY SEEDS THAT YOU ARE SENT. This goes back to the spread of potentially invasive species, diseases, etc.
If you decide to throw away some of the items that you receive, do not just toss them outside or in the trash. Please be courteous of the potential to spread all of the things listed in #1. Burning natural items in a fireplace or campfire is always a better option.
All items collected must be collected with conservation in mind. Do not collect species or items that are rare to your area. A general rule of thumb is to make sure you are not taking more than 1/3 of what is there. For example, if you only see TWO Black-Eyed Susans growing on your walk, you should not collect them.
If you are sending items internationally, make sure that you check the customs website to see whether or not your items are actually legal to send.
This exchange is grounded in reciprocity. These packages can be as small or as elaborate as you want, but you need to send them before the stated deadline. That's the only way the program works. If you do not reciprocate in the exchange (i.e. you do not send your partner a gift), you will no longer be allowed to participate.
As stated in the "LEARN MORE" section, this exchange is about natural history knowledge. Make sure that your items are focused on this idea and theme. Make sure that you are not sending random things and not explaining to your partner their significance.
As you are going out into your local area and looking for things to send to your partner, you should be thinking of ways that you can "give back" to that area. Remember, there are multiple levels of reciprocity involved in this exchange.
Natural Reciprocity and those affiliated are not responsible for lost or damaged packages. Natural Reciprocity and those affiliated are not responsible for those that choose not to follow the laws and/or mailing guidelines. Natural Reciprocity and those affiliated reserve the right to deny participation to anyone who does not comply with rules and/or expectations.