1 in 5 Americans is a birdwatcher, report says

WASHINGTON—One in every five Americans watches birds, according to a new report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service called "Birding in the United States: A Demographic and Economic Analysis."
The report claims that 48 million people birdwatch, remaining at a steady 20 percent of the U.S. population since 1996.

And while 88 percent of birders do their birdwatching from their backyards, 42 percent travel to indulge in their hobby.

By region, the report found that birdwatching was most popular in the South, with an estimated 33 percent of the population taking part in the activity. But birdwatching also varies by state. But the five individual states with the greatest birding participation rates were found to be Montana (40 percent), Maine (39 percent), Vermont (38 percent), Minnesota (33 percent) and Iowa (33 percent).

The report is an addendum to the 2006 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation. The survey is the eleventh in a series of surveys conducted about every five years that began in 1955. The survey is conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in partnership with state wildlife agencies and national conservation organizations.

A copy of the report can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/np4ldv.

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