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A new video from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation shows how birding festivals across the nation are generating tremendous economic activity for local communities, while helping promote wildlife conservation and education at the same time.

Birding Festivals: An Economic Force for Conservation is a 15-minute video that promotes the use of birding festivals and other birding-related activities as valid, profitable tourism events to local communities. By helping local communities recognize the value of their bird habitats and populations, and even to feel protective of them, the video helps communities to conserve these priceless resources.

For those wanting to start a local birding festival, the video will provide ideas and tips from those who have been there. Using case studies of festivals in various regions of the country, the video gives examples of the entire spectrum of festivals—from simple, 1-day events to week-long celebrations; from events sponsored by single organizations to events that boast dozens of sponsors. It shows how the festivals got started, what the economic impacts are, and how other communities can take advantage of this tremendous opportunity.

For both novice and experienced festival organizers, Birding Festivals will serve as a tool for raising funds and gathering support. By showing this video to the tourism, conservation, and community interests in the local area, festival organizers can convey to them that birding activities can be quite profitable.

The production of this video was generously sponsored by a broad array of partners:

  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
  • Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
  • Cinergy Corp
  • Indiana Department of Natural Resources
  • New Jersey Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife
  • Colorado Division of Wildlife
  • California Fish and Game Department
  • Michigan Department of Natural Resources Nongame Fish and Wildlife Fund
  • USDA Forest Service, Nature Watch Program
  • Pinellas County, Florida
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

To order copies of the video ($15 each):

call 1-574-258-0100 or e-mail