Birding is Popular in Byway-Land

There are an estimated 46 million birdwatchers in the United States and more than 700 species of migratory birds, according to a 2007 US Fish and Wildlife Service report. Recent estimates from a Birding in the United Statesstudy indicate that as high as 84% of non-consumptive recreation users are birders.

There are an estimated 46 million birdwatchers in the United States and more than 700 species of migratory birds, according to a 2007 US Fish and Wildlife Service report. Recent estimates from a Birding in the United Statesstudy indicate that as high as 84% of non-consumptive recreation users are birders.

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. Their viewing recommendations, included in the brochure inserts in both brochure versions, have been lauded by those using the mile-by-mile viewing information.

Funding for the development of this birding brochure was through an Explore Minnesota Tourism grant with local support from the Whitefish Area Lodging Association, Ideal Community Service Organization, DNR-Nongame Wildlife Program, JM Plein Consulting and other local businesses and area birder, Jean Segerstrom.

The Birds of the Byway brochure has always been available at the local Chamber offices, participating Byway Association member businesses, and through a download from the Byway website. This year, it’s also included in the new Discover Packs. Discover Packs is a compilation of selected area brochures and informational fliers tucked into a paper pouch. The Packs are distributed throughout the area by Discover Racks owners, Tim and Lahkmini Kidder.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010
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Brainerd Dispatch