Volunteer observations during pandemic lockdown showed many bird species increasing in abundance in urban areas

A team of researchers from several institutions in Canada and one in the U.S. has found that the numbers of some birds in urban areas increased during last year’s pandemic lockdown. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes how they used data from eBird, a large biodiversity community science program run by Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology, to compare bird numbers in different parts of Canada and the U.S. during the early stages of the pandemic and what they learned from their effort.

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