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For love of birds: Backyard sleuths boost scientists' work
by Christina Larson, AP Science Writer

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11 June 2021

On 11 June 2021 The Associated Press reported: 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's records show a boom in amateur bird-watching. The number of people submitting eBird checklist -- recording their bird sightings -- was up 37 percent in 2020 compared with the previous year. The annual 'big day' event, when people are encouraged to submit sightings during spring migration (this year, on May 8), also set participation records. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of science, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

'People have really started to pay more attention to their backyards because they had to stay home so much. I think it's a huge boon for us as scientists, that more people appreciate birds,' [said Georgetown University ecologist Emily Williams].

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