PIERRE, S.D. – A new birding trail guide is being offered to help nature and wildlife enthusiasts find birds and birding spots in western South Dakota.
The Black Hills, Badlands and Lakes Birding Trail Guide features 38 sites in the region, ranging from state recreation areas to vast expanses of federal lands.
Bird watching continues to grow in popularity, and South Dakota’s diverse bird life draws visitors and fascinates residents.
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2006 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, 432,000 people participated in wildlife watching in South Dakota during 2006, the most recent summarized survey year.
Residents and nonresidents spent an average of $418 each in 2006 on trip expenses and equipment, including purchase of bird seed, binoculars and cameras.
The birding trail guide illustrates what western South Dakota has to offer to nature enthusiasts, whether a visitor plans to spend a weekend or a few weeks.
The full-color Black Hills, Badlands and Lakes Birding Trail Guide features maps, species to look for, contact information, helpful tips and images of many bird species found in the area. The free guide can be downloaded at the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks’ website (http://gfp.sd.gov/wildlife/docs/BHBadlands-birding-trail.pdf)
Single copies can be requested by emailing Sandy Hoerner (email@example.com)
The guide was made possible by contributions from GFP, South Dakota Department of Tourism, South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, South Dakota Chapter of The Wildlife Society, South Dakota Ornithologists’ Union, Izaak Walton League of America’s South Dakota Division, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, Badlands National Park, Badlands Natural History Association and The Nature Conservancy.