Wild Bird Feeding Industry
Members FWS National Survey
2006 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation

National Overview Final Report

Released November 2007

The preliminary information may be found on this web site.

Some individualized state reports are available and may be accessed at this link.

Some individualized state reports are available and may be accessed at this link.

Be sure to check this area in the future for the addition of other state reports.

The Census Bureau began by interviewing 85,000 households in April 2006. Samples of 31,500 potential anglers and hungers and 24,300 potential wildlife watchers were selected from those households to be interviewed in detail about their participation and expenditures. The Census Bureau conducted detailed interviews in three different waves, which began in April and September of 2006 and January of 2007. Interviews were completed in April 2007.

The survey methodology used in 2006 was similar to that used for the 2001, 1996, and 1991 Surveys, so the estimates are comparable.

According to information from Richard Aiken with the US Fish & Wildlife Service, respondents were asked about their activity around the home. The question was:

From [date of last interview] to [date of present interview], did you take SPECIAL INTEREST in wildlife around your home, other than simply noticing wildlife while doing other activities? By this I mean, did you closely observe wildlife or try to identify types of wildlife you did not know?

If they said yes, they were asked if they observed birds around their home.
If yes, they were categorized as a birder.

Preliminary Results of interest to the Wild Bird Feeding Industry: