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- A popular type of outdoor recreation
- Proper land management is necessary to provide optimal viewing opportunities
- Incorporate additional amenities for clientele
- Guides may be an added service
Wildlife Watching Business
Observing wildlife is a popular way to enjoy the outdoors. The 2001 USFWS Survey found that "Observing, feeding, and photographing wildlife in the United States is an important pastime for millions of Americans and contributes significantly to the national and state economies. In 2001, more than 66 million people 16 years of age and older spent over $38.4 billion on trips and equipment in pursuit of these activities. Wildlife-watching expenditures have contributed substantially to Federal and state tax revenues, jobs, earnings, and industry output." These publications give information on the economic benefits of wildlife watching and provide tips on making viewing wildlife successful.
Many Bird Watching business publications and resources are complementary to the wildlife watching resources
Wildlife Watching and Tourism: A Study on the Benefits and Risks of a Fast Growing Tourism Activity and its Impact on Species (PDF)
United Nations Environment Program
This extensive publication discusses wildlife watching around the world, the conservation benefits of getting tourists interested in wildlife watching, its impact and potential risks on wildlife, and recommendations for the future.