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Climate Change Could Affect Bird Tourism In Michigan

Jun 9, 2015
Kalamazoo bird enthusiast Russ Schipper (left) and John Brenneman (right) of the Kalamazoo Nature Center spot a familiar bird in Kleinstuck Preserve.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, bird watching is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the United States, second only to gardening. In 2011, birders spent $41 billion on trips and equipment, which pumped about $107 billion into the U.S. economy. More than 2,000 of those birders spent time in Michigan.


The count recorded increases in tree sparrows, dark-eyed juncos and other species of birds.

Audubon Society says large movement of snowy owls reported