Bird watchers are a serious bunch. They will sometimes travel hundreds of miles and keep informed though bird watching communities on the latest finds.
Well, on January 31st this year, someone spotted a rare oriole in their backyard. Later it was identified as a Black-Backed Oriole, which was so rare, that it was only the second time the Mexican bird had been identified in the United States. Because of this, more than 1,800 bird watchers visited the Pennsylvanian home to get a glimpse of the rare bird until in left on April 10. The American Birding Association even encouraged people to go see the bird and put out guidelines on how to do so respectfully.
Because of the huge boom in tourism caused by the bird, researchers estimated that the economic value to the town was around $223,000. Of course, this is caused by tourists who stop in and grab food, gas or other amenities, sometimes even staying over night in the town.
It’s just an estimate based on the number of visitors and surveys given to those who came to see the bird, but it’s interesting how one bird can cause such a economic boom.
[ Gizmodo ]