Economics of Birding and other Watchable Wildlife
Birders Mean Business!
People who watch birds in our state generate a total economic impact of $1.4 billion each year. Tucson Audubon is raising the awareness within government and the business community of this fact and the issues around it, particularly that conserving wildlife habitat makes economic sense for our state as we focus more on attractive, rather than extractive, industry to create a cleaner and more sustainable future for southern Arizona.
We provide some resources here on the economics of wildlife viewing. We also encourage birders to leave “Birder Calling Cards” at businesses they use while birding. You can download the file below, print it double-sided, and cut the cards to size. You can also pick up cards at our Nature Shops.
- Economic Contributions of Wildlife Viewing to the Arizona Economy: A County-level Analysis (2013)
- U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service National Survey – Overview
- Arizona’s Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) is now ready for review by the public (Sept 2012)
- The 2001 Economic Benefits of Watchable Wildlife Recreation in Arizona (Oct 2002)
- Economic Impacts of Recreational Activities, Sports Events and State Universities
- Economic Impact Analysis of Nonconsumptive Wildlife-related Recreation in Arizona (May 2003)
- Tucson Audubon Society’s Birds Benefit Business Alliance Program
Support for Birders Mean Business! comes from our valued partners:
City of Tucson