Audubon names best places to see rare & unusual birds in America
NEW YORK, NYGoing on a road trip typically means making lots of stops; stops to eat, stops to fuel up, to use the restroomeven stops to see birds! Thats rightAmericas 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 nations top trails, runs through Illinois.
The editors of Audubon magazine (http://magazine.audubon.org/index.html), the organizations 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 Americas bird life in some of the most beautiful places in the USA.
Birding is bigmore 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. Its 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 anyonefrom novice to expertto grab a map, a pair of binoculars, and hit the road.
Along with Septembers 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; Georgias Colonial Coastal Birding Trail; the Great Florida Birding Trail; the upper Mississippi Rivers 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 Americas best spots to bird, as compiled by the editors of Audubon magazine, visit http://www.audubon.org/bird 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.