Conservation fund a wise investment in the future

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Conservation fund a wise investment in the future

Toledo Blade – Last May, an estimated 50,000 people flocked to the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge for the inaugural "Biggest Week in American Birding" event. The success of this extravaganza underscores the strategic link between protected lands and the northwest Ohio economy.

The many avid birders who come to the area each year to enjoy the migratory waterfowl and songbirds along the coastal marshes of western Lake Erie bring a welcome boost to the economy. Before they head home, they eat at local restaurants, stay at hotels, and shop at retail stores.

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