Birders' Perceptions of Whooping Cranes in North Alabama

Sarah Lessard

Auburn University

I am currently a graduate student at Auburn University pursing a Master's degree in Natural Resources. I am originally from Louisiana, where I received my Bachelor's in Natural Resource Management and Ecology from Louisiana State University. My graduate research focuses on the human dimensions of Whooping Cranes in North Alabama.


Birding has gained significant popularity as a form of ecotourism over the last 20 years. Birders, which are categorized by their commitment to observing and identifying avian species, currently constitute the largest group of... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Sarah Lessard (Auburn University)
  2. Wayde Morse (Auburn University)
  3. Christopher Lepczyk (Auburn University)

Topic Areas

Topics: Social and Environmental Dimensions of Tourism , Topics: Protected Area Tourism


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