Indianaâ€™s multi-million-dollar bird-watching industry to receive international insight Taiwan birding expert to share global view of magnificent birds, profile conservation efforts to preserve rare species
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Each summer multiple thousands of Hoosiers take to boating, barbequing and perhaps surprisingly, bird watching. Wildlife watching captivates 71.1 million participants nationally per year, and the birding enthusiasts count two million participants annually within Indiana. From an economic standpoint, the birding hobby industry has a measurable multi-billion-dollar impact nationally. On Saturday, August 5, wildlife lovers and bird enthusiasts will have the opportunity to gain an international perspective about birding through a free multimedia presentation by Dr. Scott Lin from the Endemic Species Research Institute of Taiwan. Dr. Lin, a Division Chief of Habitats and Ecosystems and an Associate Research Scientist for the institute, will present one hundred native birds of Taiwan and an introduction to the conservation efforts of rare birds in Taiwan. Dr. Linâ€™s presentation will take place in the IUPUI Campus Center from 1 to 4 p.m. The presentation will not only display an array of beautiful birds in their natural habitat, but will bring attention to worldwide conservation efforts of endemic and endangered birds. Bird conservation is a worldwide movement that stems from smaller communities, like
states and provinces, and is linked to an international push to maintain our worldâ€™s current bird populations. Wildlife-watching activities are a vast industry within the United States. According to the most recent U.S. National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation (FHWAR) in 2006, wildlife-watching activities generated $45.7 billion in the U.S. Wildlife conservation efforts are also a prominent non-profit industry in the United States. Indianaâ€™s comprehensive wildlife strategy focuses on maintaining and rebuilding natural habitats for animals. Birds were identified as the top wildlife in need of conservation efforts. For additional questions, contact Ernie Wu, President of the Taiwanese American Association of Indianapolis at 317-783-4587 and email@example.com or Jamie Snyder, The MEK Group at 317-709-3561 and firstname.lastname@example.org.