Betty Pauciello fled the corporate world nearly 18 years ago, shedding a job as director of operations at a computer company that had become more about preparing layoff lists than anything else. Actually, took flight might be a better way to describe Pauciello’s departure, considering what lured her away: Birds. A longtime enthusiast of the feathered sort, the Bucks County resident decided to turn a backyard hobby into a career and, consequently, base her income on the eating habits of those weighing barely an ounce, if that. [Philadelphia Inquirer]
A US Fish & Wildlife report based on 2006 economic data has revealed that one in five Americans is a birder (the report defines a birder as someone who either travels to watch birds or makes an active effort to watch and identify birds at home). That’s a whopping 48 million people! These figures sound a bit high; the bulk of these people are probably “backyard” birders. Here are some interesting stats from the report, which can be downloaded here:
This makes more sense. Not to dilute the value of “backyard” birders, but in terms of people you’re likely to bump into stalking a warbler at your local patch, the value is closer to 20 million.
Agreed. One doesn’t see a lot of young people birding. It would be interesting to know at what age people start birding and how they started.
This is very interesting. In the United Kingdom (another birding stronghold) this ratio is completely the opposite. Birding has always been a male-dominated activity in the UK; why are there more female than male birders in the US? Anyone fathom a guess?