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Common Bird Conservation Boosts City Economies by Millions

Cara J

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The conservation and feeding of common birds contributes to city economies to the tune of millions of dollars a year, according to a new study. “People are very engaged with birds that commonly occur in their yards,” said John Marzluff, a professor of environmental and forest sciences at the University of Washington and co-author of a study published recently in Urban Ecosystems. “We’re looking at the feedbacks between people and birds in the city.” Researchers conducted in-depth interviews of residents in a multinational study that was the joint result of almost a decade of research conducted in Seattle and Berlin, Germany. They asked around 600 residents of those cities first whether they liked two different species of birds or not. If their answers were positive, they were asked how much money they would spend to help boost populations of the bird species. If negative, they were asked whether they would spend money to contribute to help control or remove birds if they were causing various problems. Researchers also asked whether the people already spent some amount of money on birds. “We wanted them to put a value on their stated preference for an animal,” said Marzluff, who was involved in [...]


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