Plant Conservation Alliance
What kind of an economic impact does this group of people have on the nation's economy and on the economy of North Dakota? Before the question of economic impact by wildlife
watchers can be answered, there is one other question to answer. What is a wildlife watcher? The answer to this question will seem easy after a little explaining. Wildlife watchers include those people who enjoy just watching wildlife in a natural setting and often these people will even entice the wildlife to a certain area by planting or placing food that the wildlife are attracted to in that area. These wildlife watchers can be any of the people who watch and/or attempt to identify wildlife, such as bird watchers. They are also those people who photograph wildlife as well as anyone who feeds wildlife on a regular basis, even just with a bird feeder in their yard. Also, a person who maintains a minimum
of a quarter of an acre of land in its natural state for the benefit of wildlife as its primary purpose is considered a wildlife watcher and anyone who plants vegetation with benefiting wildlife in mind, such as agricultural crops or shrubs, is considered to be a wildlife watcher. Anyone who visits a local park, one that is within a mile of their home, specifically to observe, feed or take pictures of wildlife would also be considered a wildlife watcher. With this many qualifications for being a wildlife watcher it is easy to see why there are so many in the United States. The 71 million wildlife watchers in the United States that were surveyed for this report were all 16 years old and older. This group of individuals spent $45. 7 billion on equipment to aide in their wildlife watching and on trips that were related to watching wildlife.