By Margaret Berglund
Every spring thousands of people migrate to central Nebraska. The people are following hundreds of thousands of sandhill cranes, which make a stopover along the Platte River during their spring migration. Bird enthusiasts come to watch cranes, but they also bring money with them.
Visitors to four different Nebraska wildlife centers contributed an estimated total of $5.15 million to the local economies in 2009, according to a report issued by the University of Nebraska Bureau of Business Research. The study covered the area between Kearney in the west and Grand Island in the east.
The researchers used surveys to determine the spending habits of visitors and then used computer models to estimate the total amounts spent.
With a modest budget of $2,200 to $2,400 for eight people over four days, our class will be making our own contribution to the Nebraskan economy.