Understanding and planning for the dynamic and growing natural resource based tourism market is paramount (Cordell, 1999; Manning, 2000). A wealth of information exists on those who engage in outdoor recreation in general (cf. Manning, 2000), but information on those interested in natural resource based tourism, particularly wildlife viewing, is still wanting.
Minnesota’s wildlife viewing participation rate increased 53 percent from 1996-2001 and spending rose 36 percent in the same time frame to $523.5 million. Such an important and increasing constituent group deserves and demands attention. This project represents the first effort by the Nongame Wildlife Program, in partnership with the University of Minnesota, to address the human dimensions of the wildlife viewing constituency, particularly those who view birds.
Schneider, Ingrid E.; Salk, Raintry.
Information Needs and Experiences Preferences of Birders and Watchable Wildlife Participants.
University of Minnesota Tourism Center.
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