Number of Birders in Australia

Subject: Number of Birders in Australia
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Sat, 17 Feb 2007 15:37:53 +1100
On Sat, Feb 17, 2007 at 01:39:13PM +1100, Charles Hunter wrote:
>   "According to a 2001 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Study, some 46 million 
> Americans considered themselves birder", which came from this website:

Google turned up the survey details here:
and the 2001 report here:
The most relevent bit is:

 Wild Bird Observers
 Of all the wildlife watching in the United States, bird watching attracted
 the biggest following. Forty-six million people observed birds around the
 home and on trips in 2001. A large majority, 88 percent (40 million),
 observed wild birds around the home while 40 percent, 18 million,
 took birdwatching trips.  Birders varied in their ability to identify
 different bird species. Seventy-four percent, 34 million, of these
 46 million birders could identify 1 to 20 different types of birds;
 13 percent, 6 million birders, could identify 21 to 40 types of birds;
 and 8 percent, almost 4 million birders, could identify 41 or more types
 of birds.  Over 2.3 million wild bird enthusiasts kept birding life lists
 in 2001.  Participants keeping these lists--a tally of bird species seen
 by a birder during his or her lifetime--comprised 5 percent of all wild
 bird observers.


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