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eBird Economics: How Much Would You Pay to See Birds?

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How much do birders value a birding experience? The economic “impact” of a birding festival can be estimated by looking at expenditures of attendees ( e.g., hotel rooms, meals, souvenirs, transportation costs, etc.). But there are few transactions that can be analyzed to determine how much value birding experiences, themselves, provide to a birder. This includes bird-watching experiences. Birders derive “value” from birding.

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