[audubon-news] Audubon Magazine Names Top US Birding Trails

  • From: "BIANCHI, John" <JBIANCHI@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2002 12:20:51 -0400

Contact: John Bianchi


Audubon Magazine Editors List 19 of USA's Top Destinations to View Birds

New York, NY, Tuesday, August 20, 2002 - Going on a road trip typically
means making lots of stops: stops to eat, stops to fuel up, stops to use the
bathroom ... 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 September 1, 2002.  

The editors of Audubon Magazine, <http://magazine.audubon.org/index.html>,
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
<http://www.audubon.org/bird_trails/>.  The actual list is embargoed until
September 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.

Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat
that supports them.  Our growing network of community-based Audubon Centers,
grass roots science programs for bird enthusiasts, and advocacy on behalf of
ecosystems sustaining important bird populations, engage millions of people
of all ages and backgrounds in positive conservation experiences.
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