Living next to a terrific birding site, the Great Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge, I’ve seen an increase in the number of birders traveling the area. Jack Schultz has noticed it, too, and written up a few resources around Nebraska’s bird industry and the Chicken Dance Trail.
What kind of small town businesses can cater to birdwatching? Let’s start with
- bed and breakfasts,
- tour guides,
- restaurants and cafes (box lunches),
- photography shops (parts, supplies, film, developing, self-printing kiosks for digital),
- photographers (art-quality prints of local birds),
- wifi hotspots,
- art galleries (bird prints and art),
- gas stations,
- and even liquor stores!
Care to brainstorm? What other ideas can you add? That’s what the comments are for!
[Photo of a corn weaver in Namibia, from my collection.]
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