Audubon names best places to see rare & unusual birds in America

Audubon names best places to see rare & unusual birds in America


NEW YORK, NY—Going on a road trip typically means making lots of stops; stops to eat, stops to fuel up, to use the restroom—even stops to see birds! That’s right—America’s best birding spots are visited by millions of travelers a year, and now Audubon is going to make it even easier to find them. A complete round-up of birding trails, handy driving routes that connect some of the very best sites for birding, is listed in the next issue of Audubon, available Sept. 1, 2002. The Great River Birding Trail, one of the nation’s top trails, runs through Illinois.

The editors of Audubon magazine (, the organization’s flagship publication, consulted top ornithologists, including renowned author Kenn Kaufman, to compile the list. Ranging from the mountains of California to the coastal islands of Georgia, and from the forests of Vermont to the deserts of Arizona, the 19 routes highlighted in the Audubon Guide to Birding Trails offer the finest views of America’s bird life in some of the most beautiful places in the USA.

Birding is big—more than 71 million Americans took part in 2001, making birding one of the fastest-growing outdoor activities. In 1996, birders spent more than 30 billion dollars on the hobby. It’s money that, thanks to birding trails, is being funneled directly into local economies along each route. Birding trails now stretch through every region of the country, making it easy for anyone—from novice to expert—to grab a map, a pair of binoculars, and hit the road.

Along with September’s Audubon Guide to Birding Trails by Jennifer Bogo, feature stories will place a spotlight on six of the hottest trails, including the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail; Georgia’s Colonial Coastal Birding Trail; the Great Florida Birding Trail; the upper Mississippi River’s Great River Birding Trail; the Great Washington Birding Trail; and the Lake Champlain Birding Trail in Vermont and New York.

To view the full list of driving trails that connect America’s best spots to bird, as compiled by the editors of Audubon magazine, visit trails/. The actual list is embargoed until Sept. 1, 2002, but this sneak preview is available to reporters, along with photographs of representative birds people will be likely to see when they visit these locations.

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