Great Lakes to Great Plains

Birding Is Big Fun and Big Business

From the Great Lakes to the Great Plains, The Nature Conservancy is protecting breeding and migratory habitat for birds across America’s Heartland—which is good news for birds and the people who love watching them. 

Bird-watching is gaining in popularity in the United States—48 million people engaged in birding in 2006, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service! Their report also found that birding generating a whopping $82 million in total industry output, sustaining 671,000 jobs and creating $11 billion in local, state and federal tax revenue. 

From sandhill cranes on the Platte River in Nebraska to prairie chickens at Glacial Ridge in Minnesota, see how birds enrich our lives and local economies, read what The Nature Conservancy is doing to protect their habitat and learn how you can help.


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