[Tweeters] USFWS reports Birdwatching helps economy

groovy joker groovyjoker at gmail.com
Wed Jul 15 13:07:50 PDT 2009


Hello Fellow Tweeters - this news release just came out and I thought it may
be of interest to you. It talks about how birdwatching activities, as a
recreational activity, can help the economy. It discusses birdwatching by
state and by region. Washington residents are pretty active birders.


*USFWS states that new report shows Birdwatchers No Featherweights in
Contributions to Economy*



A new report released today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows one
of every five Americans watches birds, and in doing so, birdwatchers
contributed $36 billion to the U.S. economy in 2006, the most recent year
for which economic data are available. The report – Birding in the United
States: A Demographic and Economic Analysis –shows that total participation
in birdwatching is strong at 48 million, and remaining at a steady 20
percent of the U.S. population since 1996.



Participation rates vary, but are generally greater in the northern half of
the country. The five top states with the greatest birding participation
rates include Montana (40 percent), Maine (39 percent), Vermont (38
percent), Minnesota (33 percent) and Iowa (33 percent).The participation
rates of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Pacific Region include Washington
(31 percent), Idaho (28 percent), Oregon (27 percent) and Hawaii (10
percent).

A copy of the Birding in the United States: A Demographic and Economic
Analysis can be downloaded here:

http://library.fws.gov/Pubs/birding_natsurvey06.pdf



In conjunction with the release of the birding report, the Service also
issued another similar addendum to the 2006 Survey entitled, Wildlife
Watching Trends: 1991–2006 A Reference Report. This report shows similar
trends in wildlife-watching, a broader category that includes large and
small-mammal viewing.



An overview of the Survey, and a wealth of other information, can be found
online at:
http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/NationalSurvey/National_Survey.htm

This information courtesy of a public news release issued July 15 2009 by
the USFWS. Please contact Amy Gaskill, APR (503) 231-6874 with any
questions.


Happy Tweeting!


Liz Ellis

Shelton, WA
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