I have been researching areas in southeast Arizona (a birder’s dreamland) and discovered that they have an updated (2006) birding trail map for sale. The American Birding Association has a list of birding trails across the country. There are 31 states listed with birding trails and some of the trails already cross over from state to state. It would be rather cool if these state trails could be linked to make a nationwide Birding Trail or trails.
Now on Audubon’s website, there is a different list of birding trails, some of which are the same and some different. These trails usually have nice maps, some offered for free, and are excellent marketing tools for areas that might be lacking when it comes to tourism. Unfortunately, it is hard to quantify the economic value of birding because a lot of our purchases while birding are not bird related on the surface.