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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.



Support for Birders Mean Business! comes from our valued partners:

azgf_heritage_logoArizona Game & Fish Department
Heritage Fund


City of Tucson


bbb_logoTucson Audubon’s Birds Benefit Business
Alliance members

Southeast Arizona Birding Festival

Experience Baja Arizona Birding at its Best!

Save the date. Festival registration opens on February 1, 2018!

Learn more


Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120 Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447