There’s a good chance your neighbor is a birdwatcher. In the United States, there are 45 million of them, or almost 1 in 7 people in this country. Entry to this club is pretty easy — just look out the window and log the different varieties of birds that alight on telephone lines, tree branches, or bird feeders.
There are hundreds of bird clubs and societies nationwide. This growing pastime, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service study, generates about $36 billion for the U.S. economy — that’s a lot of binoculars, pairs of cargo pants, caps, and cameras.
To coincide with the observance of National Bird Day on January 5, 24/7 Wall St. has compiled a list of the most popular places to birdwatch in each state.