Recreational Ornithology

Bird-watching and recreational ornithology has become one of America’s favorite outdoor pastimes.

Birdwatcher by stream

Visit a National Wildlife Refuge for bird-watching.

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Recreational ornithology has become one of America’s favorite outdoor pastimes, and according to the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, over 46 million people in 2011 participated in bird-watching. Whether it’s walking around farm acreage or taking a weekend trip to a National Wildlife Refuge, birding offers the opportunity to relax among nature while observing wildlife that might otherwise go unnoticed.

To check out some wildlife refuges in your area, go to www.FWS.gov/refuges.