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Who's that singing? As fall migration arrives, apps that ID birds by sound have taken off
by Tracee M. Herbaugh
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7 September 2023
On 7 September 2023 The Associated Press reported:
As the annual fall migration begins across the Northern Hemisphere, apps like Merlin, which is put out by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, have caught on among birders and non-birders alike by revealing just how crowded with species our surroundings are.
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Birding's popularity soared during the pandemic, when people were eager to get outside and the outdoors became, briefly, a quieter place in which to hear birdsong and other sounds of nature.
First released in 2014, Merlin rode that wave of interest. The number of users grew 67 percent by the first spring of the pandemic compared to a year earlier, Cornell said. But then Sound ID was released in June 2021, and the number of users skyrocketed.
More than 7 million people now use the app worldwide, and 'we've more than doubled the number of users in the last year,' said Alli Smith, a project coordinator for Merlin.
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