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

10,000 Birds

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.). Recently, two economists, Dr. Trudy Ann Cameron (University of Oregon) and Dr. Sonja Kolstoe (Salisbury University), published a paper using eBird data. However, if you could auction off each quart to the highest bidder, you’d have an idea about the collective value of those quarts.

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