The Big Picture
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that there are 60 million
birdwatchers just in the U.S. According to National Geographic $9 billion
is spent annually by birdwatchers. The Audubon Society estimates the
average birdwatcher spends $2,000 a year on
travel, birding activities and equipment. This "Silent Multitude" engages in
viewing birds in their natural habitats, as they travel world-wide in the
process. This group constitutes a vast, untapped market.
The project is not only beneficial for the birds, but the large crowds that
have flocked to the pilot project demonstrate its attraction for people as well.
The planned visitor's center, educational facility, walks, and observation areas
will provide for the fulfillment of a family-oriented, good quality-of-life
attraction for the citizens and visitors to Louisiana. It will offer a unique
opportunity for us to increase our appreciation and enjoyment of nature.
A study by the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Council (JEDCO)
lists the following general benefits of Project Swallow's impact on the economy:
The most conservative of the JEDCO study's four projections estimates
that upon completion of the Sanctuary, 1,500 new jobs will be created
with an annual $100 million of direct tourist spending, from which there
will be an overall local tax benefit of $8.4 million.
- Identify the Refuge as a family oriented, tourist and educational center.
- Generate substantial tax revenues.
- Provide jobs in tourist related industries.
- Tourism is an important industry, creating spin-off opportunities for
|If you want to help, write us at: Project Swallow, P.O. Box 7066, Metairie, LA USA 70010-7066|
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