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Bird-watchers boost NSW economy

Have you ever noticed a bird that just seemed out of place?

A recent sighting of a group of Aleutian Terns several hundred kilometres outside of their natural habitat has sparked a frenzy amongst bird watchers. Hundreds of bird watching enthusiasts swarmed on the small coastal town of Old Bar in northeast NSW hoping to get a glimpse of the bird. This tourism generated an estimated $200,000 for the local economy and has led to a study examining the effects of eco-tourism around vagrant birds.

To discuss the economic benefit provided by bird-watching, The Daily‘s Victor Petrovic was joined by Corey Callaghan, University of New South Wales PhD candidate and lead writer of the study. 

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