For love of birds: Backyard sleuths boost scientists’ work

New resident to Mt. Snow
New resident to Mt. Snow(Courtesy: Ryan Blair)
Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 9:19 AM EDT
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The pandemic that put much of normal life on pause - stopping travel and shutting people in their homes - also afforded more time for many families to study the wildlife in their own backyards.

Cornell University records show a boom in amateur bird-watching. The number of people submitting eBird checklists - recording their bird sightings - was up 37% in 2020 compared with the previous year.

The annual “big day” event, when people are encouraged to submit sightings during spring migration, also set participation records.

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