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dc.contributor.advisorMorgan, J. Mark (John Mark), 1958-eng
dc.contributor.authorAnderson, Christina B., 1979-eng
dc.coverage.spatialMissourieng
dc.date.issued2010eng
dc.date.submitted2010 Springeng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on June 2, 2010).eng
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: J. Mark Morgan.eng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.descriptionM.S. University of Missouri--Columbia 2010.eng
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Parks, recreation and tourism.eng
dc.description.abstractEagle Days are series of organized wildlife viewing events that were created by the Missouri Department of Conservation to increase public awareness about bald eagles and their declining populations. Although Eagle Days have been held across Missouri since the winter of 1978-1979, only one formal study has been conducted on these events and it was after the first year. The purpose of this research is to evaluate visitors' perceptions of Eagle Days events in Missouri using the experience economy paradigm. During the winter of 2008-2009 on site surveys were conducted at 3 of the Eagle Days events (Smithville, Chain of Rocks, and Springfield). Independent samples t-tests were used to measure the viewing experience of, males and females; repeat and first time visitors; visitors who traveled shorter distances versus those traveling longer distances; groups with and without children; and visitors who spent a longer period of time at the event verses those who spent a shorter amount of time. Significant (p<.05) were found differences between males and females as well as between visitors who spent a longer period of time at the event versus those who spent a shorter amount of time at Eagle Days. These findings provide some useful insights into Eagle Days for managers to consider in planning and marketing these events for visitorseng
dc.format.extentvii, 51 pageseng
dc.identifier.merlinb77767093eng
dc.identifier.oclc646311851eng
dc.identifier.otherAndersonC-050610-T3210eng
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/8060eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.subject.lcshMissouri -- Dept. of Conservationeng
dc.subject.lcshWildlife watching -- Public opinioneng
dc.subject.lcshWildlife viewing sites -- Public opinioneng
dc.subject.lcshEagleseng
dc.titleVisitor experiences at Eagle Days in Missourieng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineParks, recreation and tourism (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelMasterseng
thesis.degree.nameM.S.eng


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