Here's an interesting video clip from CNN about the health benefits of being a birder... Birdwatching for peace of mind and better health - CNN ...and if you didn't know, if you like to bird-- you are not alone About 85 million Americans enjoy observing, photographing or feeding wild birds. That means about 1 in 4 Americans are birders. (National Survey on Recreation and the Environment by the USDA's Forest Service 2013). In the United States, Vermont has the most enthusiastic birding population at 39%; Hawai'i is the lowest with 9%. The average is about 24%. (USFWS 2011) Nearly 6 million Californians consider themselves "Birders" (Audubon California 2010) 56% of US "Birders" are women (USFWS 2011). 1 in 5 Canadians are "Birders", spending an average of 133 days in a year on the activity. That’s more time than is spent on any other nature activity — including gardening, which people dedicate more than 70 days a year to, on average. (Canadian Nature Survey 2010). Birding is the fastest growing form of outdoor recreation-- a 236% increase in participation from 1982 to 2001, from 21 million to 71 million (National Survey on Recreation and the Environment 2000-01). Birding is the second most popular hobby/pastime worldwide, only surpassed by gardening.