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.
- 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.
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.