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On average, wintering habitat in Mexico for waterfowl is worth 4.68 million USD annually in US hunting stamp sales. Duck hunting licenses produce an additional 3-6 million USD in consumer surplus.
AUTHORS: Rubio-Cisneros, N.T., Aburto-Oropeza, O., Murray, J., Gonzalez-Abraham, C.E., Jackson, J. and Ezcurra, E.
DATE: February 2014
This article investigated the transnational ecosystem services in North America provided by winter habitat for waterfowl in western Mexico coastal lagoons and the hunting industry supported by these birds. It found that the number of waterfowl harvested in the United States is related to the abundance of birds wintering in Mexico. On average, this flow of ecosystem services is worth 4.68 million USD annually in hunting stamp sales. Duck hunting licenses produce an additional 3-6 million USD in consumer surplus. Thus, waterfowl wintering habitat in Mexico is shown to be economically valuable to US hunters and may pave way for a transnational conservation effort.