eBird Economics: How Much Would You Pay to See Birds?
OCTOBER 23, 2017
How much do birders value a birding experience? 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. For backyard birding, if you do nothing to encourage birds, the price of a bird-watching experience may be essentially zero, so that all of somebody’s willingness to pay is consumer surplus (gravy). Birders derive “value” from birding.