Western Reef Heron Economics Report

by John Briggs on October 12, 2006

in Blog

A report by Jeannette and Derek Lovitch has been released on the economic impact of the [tag]Western Reef Heron[/tag] on the town of Kittery, [tag]Maine[/tag]. Here is an excerpt from the report:


The economic impact of birdwatching has been notoriously difficult to determine. Unlike other outdoor pursuits, like fishing and hunting, there is no tax levied on birdingrelated purchases so there is no concrete method by which to measure economic input. However, it is estimated that birdwatching is a $32billion industry nationwide. It is second only to gardening in numbers of participants (46 million), and growing rapidly. Of those 46 million birders, 18 million (40%) take trips away from home (LaRouche, 2003; U.S. Dept. of the Interior, 2001). Local businesses, from hotels, restaurants, and gas stations to car rental agencies and boat operators benefit directly from the birding visitors to Maine coming to view rarities or our charismatic breeders, such as the Atlantic Puffin. A number of individuals and organizations offer tours and/or private guiding services. Birders also pay entry fees at parks.


  • The Economic Impact of the Western Reef- Heron (Egretta gularis) on the Town of Kittery, Maine in August of 2006., Jeannette and Derek Lovitch 2006

For the full report go to Western Reef Heron Economics Report. It is in the pdf format.

Happy [tag]birding[/tag]!

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