Statistics

By | June 7, 2014

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:

  • During 2006, 71 million U.S. residents, 31 percent (31%) of the U.S. population 16 years old and older, participated in wildlife-watching activities.

Of all the wildlife in the United States, birds attracted the biggest following.

  • Approximately 47.7 million people observed birds around the home and on trips in 2006.
Wildlife participants

Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2006.

 

  • Thirty-seven percent (37%) of all the dollars spent in 2006 for all wildlife-related recreation was due to wildlife watching.
  • Wildlife-watching participants spent $45.7 billion, an average of $816 per spender.
  • Seventy nine percent (79%) of all wildlife watchers spent money on their avocation.

Wildlife watchers spent $12.9 billion on trips pursuing their activities.

total wildlife watching expenditures

Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2006.

Total Wildlife Watching Expenditures

Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2006.

Birdwatcher Income

Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2006

Around-The-Home Wildlife-Watching Highlights:

  • In 2006 around-the-home participants 16 years old and older numbered 67.8 million— 95 percent of all wildlifewatching recreationists.
  • The most popular activity, feeding birds and other wildlife, accounted for 55.5 million wildlife watchers, 82 percent of all around-the-home participants.
  • About 44.5 million people observed wildlife, representing 66 percent of all around the-home participants.
  • Approximately 18.8 million recreationists (28 percent of all around-the-home wildlife watchers) photographed wildlife.
  • About 14.5 million maintained plantings or natural areas for the benefit of wildlife. They made up 21 percent of all around-the-home participants.
  • Finally, 13.3 million people visited public areas within a mile of their homes for wildlife watching. They comprised 20 percent of all around-the-home participants.
At Home Participants

Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2006.

Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2006.

Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2006.