Though I would question the rigors of a study that has as its methodology “Students would listen to bird calls that were kind of an unusual kind” it is interesting that a Texas Tech study determined that houses with “unique” species of birds can be worth as much as $30,000 more on the open market.
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I’m betting the actual study by the students was way more interesting than the “excellence in journalism” news report.
Delightful–silly, but delightful! That said, the birds in our Tucson yard were definitely a big plus when we sold the place this summer.
@Rick Wright: I wonder if folks who get angry over endangered species on their property realize that they might be sitting on a gold mine!
Alison and I used to joke that all it would take would be a Rusty Sparrow at the feeder and we’d never have to worry about mortgage payments again. Never happened, though I did make a little money off our resident Western Screech-Owls.