class project/short birder questionnaire

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Subject: class project/short birder questionnaire
From: "Ronald D. Batie" <>
Date: Mon, 4 Nov 1996 10:47:44 -0800 (PST)
I have a paper and short presentation to give on the 25th for a writing
class and I am getting desperate for data.  My topic is ecotourism and
specifically birding tours.  The questionnaire should only take a few
minutes to fill and hit reply.  Any responses will be greatly appreciated.

Questionnaire:  what is the ideal birding vacation.

What is the one destination you would like to go birding the most?

If you do not have a specific destination, then pick 1-3 of the following
regions you would like to bird in (if picking more than one, then please
rank 1, 2, and 3 with 1 being the one you would like to visit the most):

   Central America ___          North America ___               
   South America ___            Australasia (incl. the Pacific) ___
   Western Europe ___           Eastern Europe (incl. Russia) ___
   Asia (incl. India) ____      Africa ___      the Antarctic ___

Would you prefer individual tours or group tours?

If group tours, what is the ideal group size?____
What is the maximum group size you would go with? ____

Have you ever gone on a birding tour before?

What is the ideal length of a birding tour?     1-7 days ____   
    8-14 days ____      15-21 days ____ 22-28 days ____

How many hours each day would you prefer to spend birding?

    1-6 hours ____      6-8 hours ____  9-11 hours ____
    12 ² hours (all day, sunrise to dark) ____

If less than a full day, would you prefer to go out in the field
observing birds for one continuous period or to break the time up into
two or more periods of birding?

Do you prefer trips which emphasize ecology and natural history or those
which focus specifically on identification of birds?

Would you like a tour that incorporated additional sightseeing to:
(answer Y = yes, or N = no)

   volcanoes, waterfalls or glaciers? ____      temples or ruins? ____
   local markets? ____                  cultural celebrations? ____

Are you comfortable traveling in:  (answer yes or no)

   light planes? ____           boats? ____             kayaks? ____
   cars? ____                   buses? ____             trains? ____

When choosing an eco-birding tour, would you choose on company over
another based on whether:  (answer yes or no)

   ¥  they hired local guides?
   ¥  they visited local researchers and research facilities?
   ¥  they emphasized photographing birds as well as identification?
   ¥  a percentage of the profits are contributed to organizations
      working with the indigenous people?
   ¥  a percentage of the profits are contributed to conservation
   ¥  you knew that the hotels you stayed in recycled, or that all field
      supples from day and multi-day trips were recycled?

Would you prefer accommodations that were spartan or luxurious?
(XXX under number)

spartan                                                 luxurious
(tent camping)                                          (5 star hotels)
1       2               3               4               5       6

Which month are you most likely to take a birding vacation?

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