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dc.contributor.advisorMorgan, J. Mark (John Mark), 1958-en_US
dc.contributor.authorAnderson, Christina B., 1979-en_US
dc.coverage.spatialMissouri
dc.date.issued2010eng
dc.date.submitted2010 Springen_US
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on June 2, 2010).en_US
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.en_US
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: J. Mark Morgan.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.descriptionM.S. University of Missouri--Columbia 2010.en_US
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Parks, recreation and tourism.en_US
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 visitorsen_US
dc.format.extentvii, 51 pagesen_US
dc.identifier.merlinb77767093
dc.identifier.oclc646311851en_US
dc.identifier.otherAndersonC-050610-T3210en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/8060
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
dc.relation.ispartofcollection2010 Freely available theses (MU)
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2010 Theses
dc.subject.lcshMissouri -- Dept. of Conservationen_US
dc.subject.lcshWildlife watching -- Public opinionen_US
dc.subject.lcshWildlife viewing sites -- Public opinionen_US
dc.subject.lcshEaglesen_US
dc.titleVisitor experiences at Eagle Days in Missourien_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineParks, recreation and tourismen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineParks, recreation and tourismeng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US


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