All data cited are from the “National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation 2006 ” Compiled and edited by: U.S. Department of the Interior U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Census Bureau U.S. Department of Commerce
Nationwide Marketing Statistics Wildlife Watching 71 Million Participants 31% Of The Population $45.7 Billion Spent and Growing $7.5 Billion On Food And Lodging Hunting 12.5 Million Participants 5% Of The Population $22.9 Billion Spent and Declining $2.79 Billion On Food And Lodging
According to Fortune: If Wildlife Watching were one business, it would rank among the top 50 businesses in the country. RankRevenue 45Lowe's $46.927 Billion 46Wachovia Corp. $46.810 Billion 47Lehman Brothers Holdings $46.709 Billion 48Wildlife Watching$45.650 Billion 49Time Warner $44.788 Billion 50Microsoft $44.282 Billion
New York State Marketing Statistics Wildlife Watching 3.9Million Participants $1.6Billion Spent and Growing $351Million on Food and Lodging Hunting 502 Thousand Participants $715 Million Spent and Declining $98Million on Food and Lodging
Other Marketing Statistics Wildlife Watchers 43% of Families with Income >$100,000 participate 53% of Wildlife Watchers are Female Hunters 7% of Families with Income >$100,000 Participate 9% of Hunters are Female
The Community Economic Boom From Wildlife Watching According to the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service 2001 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, wildlife watching is the largest economic growth sector in outdoor recreation. Across the U.S., nearly $40 billion was spent on wildlife watching—a figure that has increased by over 40% in the past ten years. These expenses ranged from supplies such as binoculars and bird seed, to hotel rooms and gasoline.
The Community Economic Boom From Wildlife Watching Cape May, New Jersey: More than 100,000 birders visit this area annually, providing a cumulative impact of nearly $10 million. (Kerlinger and Wiedner, 1991). High Island, Texas: In 1992, more than 6,000 birders visitors this small Gulf Coast town. They spent $2.5 million directly in the community, and generated a total regional economic impact of about $6 million. (Eubanks, Kerlinger, and Payne, 1993). Point Pelee, Ontario: Another migration "hot-spot" that attracts more than 57,000 birders each year, who spend almost $4 million in the area. “
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Establishing Wildlife Watching in the Seneca Depot area Phase I – –Minimal investment some improvement of access roads required –Guided one-hour bus tours with stops for photography –Souvenir shops at last stop –80 to 200 participants per day (depending on season)
Establishing Wildlife Watching in the Seneca Depot area Phase II– –Construction of elevated boardwalks for hiking into areas to observe and photograph from blinds –Guided one-hour bus tours with stops for photographing wildlife –Souvenir shops and observation equipment rental or sales near entrance –100 to 300 participants per day (depending on season)
Establishing Wildlife Watching in the Seneca Depot area Phase III– –construction of wilderness camping facilities: –Tent camp grounds –Chickees (Seminole word for house) –Activities from previous phases continues –300-500 participants per day (depending on season)
Establishing Wildlife Watching in the Seneca Army Depot Area Phase IV– –Construction of a central lodge and individual cabins in the preserve that enable up-close daytime and night-time wildlife observation and picture-taking opportunities –Activities from previous phases continue –500 + participants per day (depending on season)