America has over 45 Million birdwatchers
• Nature Tourism on the Texas Gulf Coast generates $19 billion in annual spending of which $6.5 billion is from wildlife watching alone.
• Texas has 642 bird species, and ranks 2nd as Most Birds found in the state.
• Cattail Marsh attracts around 271 bird species alone
Beaumont, Texas is big on Birding
• Location. Uniquely positioned on two migratory flyways: Central and Mississippi
• Access to 28 Great Texas Birding Trails in a 40-mile radius
• In Southeast Texas alone, more than 370 of Texas’ bird species have been sited.
Cattail Marsh Wetlands provides habitat for a stunning diversity of birds, reptiles, mammals, amphibians and plants.
• The Wetlands Education Center will enhance the birding and outdoor experience of those exploring Beaumont, Texas. Overlooks the Cattail Marsh Boardwalk, provides spectacular views of birds and wildlife from its elevated wrap-around porch and classroom.
• Educational focus to highlight the importance of the wetlands ecosystem; the most diverse ecosystem on the planet.
• Workshops and classes will be geared to spark an interest in birding, inspire an appreciation of nature, and to encourage people to spend time outdoors.
• eBird Kiosk will allow birders to submit the location’s bird sightings which will increase the hotspot’s activity and visibility to birdwatchers. eBird is the world’s largest biodiversity-related citizen science project, with more than 100 million bird sightings contributed each year by hundreds of thousands of users. eBird is managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Growing nature tourism to increase visitors, visitor spending from bird watchers has been a priority of the Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau for several years.
The Beaumont CVB is thankful to The Magnolia Garden Club for the support and funding for the Wetland Education Center. Special thanks to the Golden Triangle Audubon Society and continued support from City of Beaumont.