Hunters and birders both spend a lot of time recreating in the outdoors, researchers at Cornell University thought this might play a key role in conservation activities and environmental lifestyle behaviors.
According to the study, they were right.
The data shows birders and hunters both are more likely to donate to local conservation efforts, work to enhance wildlife habitat, advocate for wildlife recreation and be a part of local environmental groups
David Klute, CPW bird conservation coordinator, says local birding groups are critical to helping CPW conserve habitat.
“Counts are helping us learn about the effects of bark-beetle on bird habitat,” Klute said. “Through research we determine the health of systems and can proactively manage both game and non-game species.”
Volunteer field staff also collect data on the distribution, abundance, habitat use and breeding cycles of birds in Colorado for the Breeding Bird Atlas.
Lynn Wickersham, an ornithologist at Fort Lewis College in Durango, and project lead for the Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas, along with CPW biologists and volunteers spend time in various habitat types to identify bird species and observe behavior to determine breeding status.
“This information will be important for wildlife managers and biologists that are making decisions on land management practices throughout Colorado,” said Wickersham.
Its also important for CPW and wildlife recreationists for planning wildlife recreation and viewing opportunities.
Find wildlife recreation opportunity at http://cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/Viewing.aspx