Wildlife Viewing & Nature Tourism Working Group

The Wildlife Viewing and Nature Tourism Working Group addresses a national need for a cohesive voice and a more fluid organized approach to regional, state and local wildlife viewing/watchable wildlife concerns.

This national effort provides a venue for collaboration of all levels of wildlife viewing experts, scientists and NGOs dedicated to wildlife viewing and sustainable wildlife management.

The group focuses on three major goals:

  1. Raise awareness about the importance of wildlife viewing programs, the impact wildlife viewing programs can have on wildlife resources and the integration of traditional hunting/angling constituents and wildlife viewing constituents.
     
  2. Work with the Teaming With Wildlife Committee to find a dedicated source of funding for wildlife viewing programs.
     
  3. Work with the Education Committee to assess how wildlife viewing programs can integrate the Conservation Education Strategy into Wildlife Viewing Programs and support the Strategy’s key concepts and messages.


Additional long-term focus areas include:

  • Collaborate with a wide variety of groups and partners on research issues, program offerings, processes, funding issues, etc.
     
  • Elevate the connection of wildlife viewing to land management and land conservation efforts.
     
  • Represent wildlife viewing in the Conservation Education Working Group and collaborate with the Children in Nature Network.
     
  • Provide a network for wildlife viewing program professionals to exchange ideas and maintain a communication link between all agencies and groups interested in promoting wildlife viewing.
     
  • Represent wildlife viewing in a variety of other AFWA Committees .
     
  • Liaison with the five-year USFWS committee on data needs regarding wildlife viewing


Committee: 
Education, Outreach & Diversity


Agendas and Minutes:

2011 Annual Meeting:
2nd Annual Wildlife Viewing and Nature Tourism all-day meeting

2014 Annual Meeting:
WVNT Workshop Discussion Overview
2014-2015 Action Items
2013 Identified Actions
2013 Identified Measures of Success

Presentations
Wildlife Viewing Crossover Presentation
PET Update Presentation
Bird by Bird Presentation
Virginia Vernal Pools Presentation
Reading on Support of Fish & Wildlife Agencies
 


North American:
2013 EOD & WVNT North American Agenda
WVNT North American agenda


Related Content:

Wildlife Viewing and Nature Tourism state contacts
Washington State Community Guide to Nature Tourism


Related Documents:

Case Study Template
Sample Case Study


Resources:

Texas Community Development Resources
Texas Income Diversification Resources
A Guide to Wildlife Viewing And Photography Blinds


Economic Impact Reports:

Colorado Division of Wildlife 2008 Report on Economic Impact of Wildlife Watching
Florida 2006 Economic Benefits of Wildlife Viewing Recreation
Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail Assessment
Washington State Wildlife Viewing Strategic Plan

 

 

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FIELD NOTES

The Wildlife Viewing and Nature Tourism Working Group addresses a national need for a cohesive voice and a more fluid organized approach to regional, state and local wildlife viewing/watchable wildlife concerns.
 


 

AFWA Staff Contact:
Patricia Allen
202/838-3461
pallen@fishwildlife.org

 



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