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How to Pitch Editors at Bird Watching Magazines

Updated on June 27, 2019
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Prachi has been working as a freelance writer since 2012. When not writing, she helps people with web designing and development.

If I say you can rake in lots of money by writing about birds? Would you believe it? Well, you should. The fact that drove me to write this article was, “Bird Watching Industry generates a whopping revenue of nearly $36 billion annually and hires more than 50,000 employees on a yearly basis.”

According to a survey by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the number of active birders, merely in the US, is more than 51 million. Most of them pursue this activity both for recreational and social purposes. Bird enthusiasts spend thousands of dollars to buy the right types of equipment for traveling and educational purposes including, videos, books, and magazines.

Watching birds fills me with positive energy, have traveled to different parts in Rajasthan, I have seen birds from different habitats, out of all Peacock is my most favorite. If you too feel the same about bird-watching and wish to write about them, then you do have the opportunity to earn money out of it by selling your articles to various bird-related magazines. The bird magazines accept articles on various topics:

1. Species

Our beautiful planet Earth is a home for nearly 10,000 bird species. The bird enthusiasts are always very keen to discover new species regularly. With so many species living on the planet, there’s always a scope for writers to come up with something new and unusual content to deliver to the readers. Bird enthusiasts have interminable passion for knowing about these living beings. certainly, they are so beautiful and unique, everyone would love to know about them. Everyone has their own unique behavior, feeding, appearance, and location, which you can write about.

2. Equipment

Most of the words are found in dense forests or at distant places, concluding the fact that birders need to be equipped with lots of essentials to discover the environment of various birds. They spent huge money to avail of certain goods and services to facilitate their trip. The most common equipment are cameras, binoculars, camping equipment, and other related tools.

In the year 2010, it is estimated that birders spent nearly $26 billion on equipment. Enthusiasts want to stay fresh with the latest technology and equipment that promote bird-watching. T majorly includes cameras, binoculars, and scopes. You can help these people by writing articles about product reviews, discussing the latest technologies and informing them about the best places to buy reliable equipment and supplies.

Beweick's Swan in Estonia
Beweick's Swan in Estonia

3. Destinations

Almost half of the percentage of bird-watchers readily spend money on trips to pursue their passion. They spend an estimated amount of $12 billion annually. The expenditure includes lodging, food, transportation, and other expenses. They are always on a hunt to find new destinations whether in their own country or overseas. It also covers zoos, reservoirs and conservation centers as well as some remote locations. The most common form of bird-watching is backyard birding or watching them around the home. Nearly 88% of the bird enthusiasts are backyard birders while 44% urge to go on a trip for bird-watching.

4. Gardening

Most of the people develop a strong bonding with so many bird species that they are pleased to accommodate them in their home. They would be thankful to know how to attract different birds in their gardens, what type of plants and decorations do birds find safe, what to feed these birds, and how to do the maintenance of the garden.

5. Backyard Projects

Backyard projects relate to the housing and feeding of birds in birders’ backyards. Birdhouses and bird feeders are the most popular backyard projects. These make their fleecy friends stay longer and visit the place regularly. This gives birders an opportunity to observe them closely.

6. Bird Conservation

Many bird species are on the verge of extinction and some are already extinct. Deforestation, abusive hunting, climate change, and other environmental disasters are some of the reasons for the same. Out of almost 10,000 bird species, more than 300 bird species are endangered or about to. This indicates their very low chances of survival for the next decade.

As a result, there is a huge need to generate awareness among birders to take part in conservation campaigns. You can write about different programs, events, and organizations, pollution effects on the health of birds, conditions of different bird species and fighters of bird conservation.

Vancouver Bird Festival
Vancouver Bird Festival

7. Bird Festivals

Very few know how certain living beings are celebrated in different parts of the world, not just birds, but many others like dogs and cows are celebrated and deeply loved by various people in different nations.

Do some research and you’ll be surprised how many festivals are there to cherish the love for birds. You can write an article for each of these festivals, how they are celebrated and which of these are coming in the next few days or months. You can also inform your readers on how these festivals help birders to learn the basics of birds’ identification process and how to use equipment to capture and record these different species.

8. DIY (Do-It-Yourself)

Many bird enthusiasts love to build their own backyard projects from scratch. It is creative and at the same time, satisfying to see how they have made it easy for beautiful birds to find a place to relax. You can write step-by-step tutorials on how to build basic and complex backyard projects. Make sure to include appropriate photos as well.

9. Business Tips

Like I already said, bird watching is a billion-dollar business. You can conclude from the fact that people spend millions and billions on various informational resources and equipment. Certainly, many landowners must be curious to know how they, too, can make money out of it. Write articles providing them with business tips and various helpful resources. Some major topics can be how to set up a successful bird watching business, what agencies to contact, how to market the business and how to adapt bird conservation techniques.

10. Essays with Visualisations

Every photo speaks volume about itself. Many readers may consider a photo just a visual of beautiful birds. You can write an article about how these photos were captured, the location where it was shoot, equipment used, type of bird and every other thing related to that bird species. You can also partner with a professional photographer and write a reflection of his/her work.

Who’s Your Audience?

The bird watching magazines are read by various age groups, irrespective of male or female. The average birder is estimated to be 50 years old. The age group varies from 16 years old to any upper age. Though women readers are more in number, there is a huge number of male readers as well. So, you have huge potential readers for your work.

Famous Bird-Watching Magazines, Where You can Submit Your Work

There is an innumerable number of bird-related magazines, websites, trade journals, and blogs where you can get paid for your articles as a freelance writer. Here are some of the most popular magazines:

1. Bird Watching

Bird Watching Magazine accepts articles with a combination of appealing photography. The target audience is serious birders as well as casual birdwatchers.

2. Birds & Blooms

Birds & Blooms Magazine covers the backyard stories of garden and bird enthusiasts. The enthusiasts share their tutorials on building a basic to complex backyard including their own experiences.

3. Bird Watcher’s Digest

Bird Watcher’s Digest publishes articles on a wide range of topics suitable to birders and bird watchers of all interest levels. It is a bimonthly magazine.

4. BirdTalk

BirdTalk Magazine is a specialized magazine about canary, parrot, finch and dove lovers and owners. It is specifically written for the adult audience.

5. WildBird

WildBird Magazine talks about birds living North American area. It covers all useful details about these bird species to educate as well as entertain the readers.

6. Birding

Birding Magazine is linked to the non-profit organization named the American Birding Association. It is a bimonthly magazine and its main motive is to inspire people to participate in bird conservation efforts as well as to enjoy birding.

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