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Wildlife Watching Up – Hunting Down
The preliminary 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was released. The purpose is to determine number of people engaged in outdoor-associated wildlife activity, which activities, and money spent in 2016. The report shows from 2011 to 2016 participation in fishing and wildlife-watching went up, and number of hunters dropped about 2 million, wildlife-watching activities increased 20%, from 71.8 million to 86 million. The most significant increases in wildlife-watching – observing, feeding, photographing wildlife. Bird watching accounting for most of the wildlife-watching.
Water and Birds in the Arid West
Although Audubon has been a bird conservation leader in the West for decades, a more comprehensive scientific look into western water was needed. Recently published, Water and Birds in the Arid West, focuses on landscapes where water scarcity and quality are limiting factors for survival of threatened bird species. Full report here: www.audubon.org/conservation/western-water.
As bird lovers we can play a role by advocating for more funding for water conservation programs, millions of dollars available through the Arizona Water Settlement Act to meet immediate water security needs.
Help Needed With CBC Pot-Luck Dinner
Our post Christmas Bird Count pot-luck at the Volunteer Center needs folks willing to organize and coordinate chair set up + take down, picking up the Volunteer Center key (SWNMA will pay deposit + fee).
It takes a few people to help set up the chairs and tables and put them up after the pot-luck. If you are willing to be an organizer or help with set-up or take-down, Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.