|ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY||2007-2008|
NO. R-174. Joint resolution designating the month of June as Vermont Birding Month.
Offered by: Representatives Scheuermann of Stowe, Acinapura of Brandon, Anderson of Montpelier, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Cheney of Norwich, Condon of Colchester, Deen of Westminster, Donaghy of Poultney, Dostis of Waterbury, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Flory of Pittsford, Head of S. Burlington, Helm of Castleton, Hube of Londonderry, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Komline of Dorset, Larrabee of Danville, Lenes of Shelburne, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McCormack of Rutland City, McDonald of Berlin, Minter of Waterbury, Moran of Wardsboro, Nease of Johnson, Pearson of Burlington, Peltz of Woodbury, Shand of Weathersfield, Smith of Morristown, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Sweaney of Windsor, Westman of Cambridge, Zenie of Colchester and Zuckerman of Burlington
Whereas, according to the most recent National Survey on Recreation and the Environment, birdwatching is the most rapidly expanding recreational pastime in the nation, and between 1983 and 2001, there was a 283-percent growth in its popularity, and
Whereas, evidence of the large number of birdwatching fans in Vermont is provided by the airing of a popular weekly radio program on WDEV in Waterbury devoted to this no-longer-esoteric topic and by data showing that birdwatching generates $20 million in annual retail sales and over 600 jobs in the state, and
Whereas, this colorful and sound-filled hobby is one of the most environmentally conscious segments of ecotourism, which is ideal for a state that prides itself on the beauty and preservation of its pristine environment, and
Whereas, neo-tropical migratory birds, including the rare Bicknell Thrush, can be found resting in Vermont’s forests and fields and on rivers, lakes, and ponds while en route to their seasonal destinations, and
Whereas, in recognition of the fact that the promotion of birdwatching has a great potential to entice visitors to travel to Vermont and to contribute to our state’s increasingly tourist-based economy, Audubon Vermont, the Birds of Vermont Museum, the Lamoille County Nature Center, the North Branch Nature Center, the Shelburne Museum, and the Stowe Area Association are organizing a month-long celebration during June 2007, including fun birdwatching activities, and
Whereas, these events, which will occur in a number of communities throughout the state and which will provide a great opportunity for Vermonters to become better acquainted with the diverse variety of bird life that populates the Green Mountain State, will help launch a successful summer tourism season, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly designates the month of June as Vermont Birding Month, and be it further
Resolved: That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each of the organizations listed in this resolution.
The Vermont General Assembly
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