Birding by the numbers

  • October 9, 2012 - 5:29 PM


48 million U.S. birders age 16 and older

50 is the age of average birder, who is most likely a woman with above-average income and education

55-plus is the age of most birders

• Whites are three times more likely to be birders than Hispanics, Asians or African-Americans

• People are more likely to watch birds in small cities and rural areas

• Montana has the highest proportion of residents who watch birds, at 40 percent. Maine, Vermont, Minnesota (33 percent) and Iowa are next.

Source: 2006 U.S. Department of the Interior National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation

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