This section on Nature Study has 4 other sub-menu items –
1. Birding, 2. Citizen Science, 3. Celebrate Nature through Art and 4. Gallery of photos – to find these go to the drop down menu at the top.
Popularity of “nature study” in America
Wildlife watching exceeds hunting/fishing for participants
2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation: National Overview
Download the USFWS survey on wildlife related recreation 2016.
Wildlife watching – page 7, fishing- page 5, hunting -page 6
Total wildlife watching expenditures: $75.9 billion, Total fishing expenditures: $ 46.1 billion, Total hunting expenditures: $ 25.6 billion,
Total wildlife watching participants: 86.million, Total Anglers 35.8 million, Total hunters: 11.5 million
Of this Wildlife Watching subset
Wildlife watching away from home: 23.7 million participants or at watching home: 81.1 million;
Observe Wildlife away from home:19.6 million, at home 43.8 million,
Photograph Wildlife away from home:13.7 million, at home 30.5 million
Feed wildlife away from home: 4.9 million, at home 59.1 million,
Visit public parks or areas 11.4 million; Maintain plantings or natural areas 11.0 million
Bird Observers: 2016
Away-from-Home Observers : 16.3 million
Around-the-Home Observers: 38.7 million
Total Bird Observers: 45.1 million
We include link to another report, done just for SD by SD Game, Fish and Parks
“Economic Impact of Hunting, Fishing, Trapping, Boating, and Wildlife Viewing in South Dakota”
“South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks commissioned this study to estimate the regional and statewide economic activity generated by the State’s fish, wildlife and boating-related resources. Drawing from license sales records and survey-based data sources, this report presents economic contributions based on retail spending in South Dakota attributable to recreational fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, boating and trapping. “
Please note the SDGFP report does not include data from “at home” wildlife watching – which is very significant factor in the federal study..