It's the rare hobby that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, regardless of location, fitness level or budget. It's also one of the fastest-growing hobbies in the country: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that one in five Americans watch birds.

And many stay right here in the Buckeye State to do it. "It's amazing how good Ohio can be over the course of a year," said Bill Heck, secretary of Columbus Audubon, the local chapter of the national conservation group. "You can see an awful lot of stuff, and you can do it relatively easy."