Another feather in the Byway cap!
The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association has redesigned its popular Birds of the Byway brochure. Now featuring a perforated birds checklist attached to the main brochure, users no longer have to worry about a loose checklist slipping out of the brochure, but are still able to easily remove the checklist, if desired.
Birds of the Byway brochure is one of the PBSBA’s earliest projects, with the first printing done in 2000. An updated version, noting climate changes that expanded some bird’s regions, was printed a few years later.
The appeal of Birds of the Byway can be directly linked to the valuable input during development from highly regarded local birders, Jo and Steve Blanich, Kent Montgomery, Pam Perry and more recently, Judd Brink.
A report released in 2009 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows one of every five Americans watches birds, and in doing so, birdwatchers contribute $36 billion to the U.S. economy. The report shows that total participation in birdwatching is strong at 48 million, and has remained at a steady 20 percent of the U.S. population since 1996. Minnesota itself has more than 420 bird species.
Minnesota ranks in the top five with 33 percent of the population engaged in birding. Other states are Montana (40 percent), Maine (39 percent), Vermont (38 percent), and Iowa (33 percent).
A website BirdsoftheByway.com, developed by Byway Association supporter, Judd Brink, promotes bird watching and other wildlife viewing along the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway. In an effort to help others find and enjoy some of the selected sites, he recently created a Birds of the Byway logo and sign. These new signs, approved on August 20, 2012, by the Crow Wing County Highway Department, will soon be attached to the existing Byway sign posts that already feature the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway logo. The signage project is funded by Judd Brink. Sign replacement and or maintenance will be covered through revenue from future guided birding trips. A press release and sign dedication will take place this September. The new Birds of the Byway brochures will be available at the event.
Brochures can be picked up now at any of the local Chambers of Commerce and in several Discover Racks locations.