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Tuesday, February 18 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
General Session: Using Bi-national Survey Results on Birdwatchers to Inform Wildlife Viewing and Nature Tourism Programs

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Human-dimensions research plays a key role in making informed decisions about managing recreational experiences and developing strategic communication efforts. In 2017-2018 the North American Waterfowl Management Plan Human Dimensions Working Group conducted the first-ever bi-national, continental-scale human dimensions study of birdwatchers. Our survey of birdwatchers (n = 36,908) from the U.S. and Canada resulted in regional-level insights that can serve as an invaluable resource for wildlife viewing and nature tourism practitioners. The survey applied social science theories and perspectives to gather information about conservation attitudes, behaviors, identity, social networks, recreational experience preferences and funding mechanisms. Further, we conducted a complementary survey of hunters (n=9004) to allow for comparisons in responses of the two groups. This training session will provide human dimensions insights in five modules of 10 minutes, interspersed with two hands-on and discussion sessions of 15 minutes. The hands-on sessions will include activities and discussion prompts to ensure participants leave the session with specific ways they can apply the data in their current or future efforts to work with birdwatchers. A complete list of ideas for ways to utilize the findings will be generated and shared with participants following the workshop.

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Nicholas Cole

U.S. Geological Survey
Dr. Nicholas Cole is a postdoctoral researcher in the Social and Economic Analysis Branch of the United States Geological Survey. There he assesses the human dimensions of wildlife-related outdoor recreation and natural resources. His scholarship highlights the complex relationships... Read More →
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Ashley Dayer

Virginia Tech
Ashley is an Assistant Professor of Human Dimensions in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech and Affiliated Faculty with the Global Change Center. Her conservation social science research focuses on conservation behavior of wildlife recreationists, habitat... Read More →
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Howie Harshaw

University of Alberta
Dr. Howie Harshaw is an associate professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation at the University of Alberta. He examines the human dimensions of natural resources, with an emphasis on outdoor recreation in an effort to understand the relationships people have with... Read More →

Tuesday February 18, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm EST
Aurora and Poseidon Rooms

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