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Never too young to bird!
(photo by Jean Magpiong)

At 3 months old, a future
birder peers through a scope
at a Great Horned Owl nest in
Haddonfield, NJ.

We thought she probably
didn't even see owlets until
one of them hopped to a
nearby branch.  She let out
the cutest little infant giggle!

Over the next 2 years,she
insisted we read
Owl Babies
almost every night. Her
favorite stuffed animal was a
Great Horned Owl. She
would flip through my Sibley
guide just to find the owls.
Then, she would even
proclaim her success in
finding the page by hooting!

To this day, she still has an
affinity for owls.
Fledging Birders
Introduction to Birding Survey
< 10 years
43 %
11 - 20 years old
22 %
21 - 30 years old
18 %
31 - 40 years old
10 %
41 - 50 years old
4 %
51 +
3%
"adult"
< 1%
Question #1 - How old were you when you were first introduced to birding?
Question #2 - Who "recruited" you into birding?
Family
(Parents, Grandparents, siblings, Aunts/Uncles, Children)
43 %
Friends, Neighbors, Coworkers
24 %
Self
23 %
Teacher / Professor
13 %
Other responses
13 %
Preliminary Results
Note: Many respondents attributed their recruitment into birding to multiple parties.
Question #3 -  Where were you living when you started birding?
Note: This chart reflects the 10 states which appeared most often in the survey responses.
Other responses in no particular order included the states of VT, DE, VA, ND, IO, AR, MN,
WV, MI, IN, TX, LA, MD, RI, TN, SD, NH, WA, WI, SC, ME, UT, NE, HI, GA, NV, MT, OR, OK,
MS, MO, AL, AZ, CO, KY, WY, and Washington DC.

In addition, the following were also cited: Thailand, Germany, Canada, Australia, England,
Paraguay, Poland, New Zealand, Africa.
Question #4 - What is it about birding that hooked you?
Questions #5 & 6  - Do you have any children in your life?  If so, what ages?
      
         Yes -   76 %              No -   24 %
younger than 5 years old
30 %
6 - 10 years old
31 %
11 - 15 years old
29 %
16 - 20 years old
21 %
older than 20 years old
19 %
Note: Many respondents had children in multiple age groups.  This includes their own
children, nieces/nephews, grandchildren, and students.
California
9 %
  Illinois
4 %
Pennsylvania
9 %
  Kansas
4 %
New York
7 %
  Florida
3 %
Massachusetts
6 %
  Ohio
3 %
New Jersey
5 %
  North Carolina
3%
Beauty of birds
34 %
 
Listing / rarities
10 %
Variety of species
28 %
 
"the hunt"
8 %
General interest in nature
25 %
 
Bird songs
7 %
Bird behavior / migration
22 %
 
Peterson guides
6 %
Challenge of bird ID
13 %
 
Social aspects
6 %
Note: Many respondents referred to many different aspects of birding that "hooked" them.
This chart lists only the ten most frequent responses.
The Fledging Birders' Survey caught the attention of birders from all regions of
the United States and several other countries. The following data is based on 386
survey responses received via e-mail and this web site.
Great Horned Owls in Nest

It's easy to understand why
owls capture the imagination
of birders and non-birders.  

From childhood, we hear
about "wise old owls", see
them selling Tootsie Pops,
and hear their calls
emanating from boom boxes
during Halloween week.

These two birds were photographed in
central New Jersey by
Scott Elowitz. To
see more of his nature photography,
please visit
scottelowitzphotography.com
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share your passion
with others.

This site has some
basic information to
help
birders and
teachers spread the
word about the fun of
birding,

Birding clubs and
other organizations
can even book an
interactive
Fledging
Birders presentation
to help their members
find ways to make
birding more
appealing to the
people in their lives.

(Red-headed
Woodpecker  photograph
taken by
Scott Elowitz. )
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