Birders and their dollars in the news
The USFWS press release spread the word on Wednesday morning: "Birdwatchers No Featherweights in Contributions to Economy." Coverage among the nation's newspapers, magazines and wire services included:
Asheville Citizen-Times, N.C.: "Report: birdwatchers contribute $36 billion to U.S. economy"
Backpacker: "Birdwatchers: They're Everywhere!"
Duluth News Tribune: "Minnesotans go bird crazy"
Los Angeles Times: "Bird-watching participation boosts U.S. economy according to report"
Memphis Commercial Appeal: "Billions for birdwatching: One out of five in U.S. are, even more in Tennessee"
San Jose Mercury News, Calif.: "Birdwatchers no featherweights when it comes to contributing to economy"
United Press International: "One In 5 U.S, Citizens Is A Birdwatcher"
Will birders capitalize on the demographic and economic data as well as the recent news coverage?
Will they share the data with local, state and national politicans to increase their financial and political presence?
If birders don't, do we lose the right to whine about other groups' larger presence (such as hunters)?