|Title||Socio-economic Impacts of Birdwatching along Lake Erie: A Coastal Ohio Analysis|
|Year of Publication||2012|
|Institution||Ohio Sea Grant|
The objectives of this study focus upon economic impact of birdwatching as it relates to substantial economic expenditures; tourism patterns of birdwatching along Lake Erie; and strategic partnership among the communities and industries to promote the local economy and to market birdwatching. The findings show that birdwatching at six Ohio natural areas along Lake Erie generated $26,438,398 in 2011, created 283 jobs for those living and working in these coastal communities, generated $8.9 million in personal income, and contributed $1.9 million tax revenues directed to local and state coffers. Birders visiting Lake Erie provide significant revenue infusions to the regions year around.