Travelling Birds Generate Eco-travellers: the Economic Potential of Vagrant Birdwatching

Short Description

Birdwatchers in PennsylvaniaEcotourism is a growing field, and birdwatching (avitourism) is gaining popularity quickly and potentially generating a significant increases in local income at birdwatching sites. Understanding the patterns and practices of birdwatchers' travel is critical to understanding the economic value revolving around bird festivals, migrations events, and well-known birdwatching sites. For example, some birdwatchers actively seek vagrant birds (birds outside their home geographic area), and the economic value from these unpredictable and transient birdwatching activities is not well known. In this paper, we examine how a vagrant black-backed Oriole in Pennsylvania stimulated travel activity and use a travel cost method in a readily quatifiable environment to track the overall value. 

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The Fish and Wildlife Service works with others to manage and monitor the conservation of wildlife habitats throughout the United States. This includes the direct management of the National Wildlife Refuge System for the wellfare of all American people, and using social science in the decision making process and utilization of management plans.

Suggested Citation

Corey T. Callaghan, Michael Slater, Richard E. Major, Mark Morrison, John M. Martin & Richard T. Kingsford
Human Dimensions of Wildlife Vol. 23, Iss. 1, 2018