Recreational Ornithology

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

| May/June 2017

  • 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



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