• Birds and the Pandemic

    19 days ago - By Ornithology

    The lockdowns resulting from the COVID pandemic have affected birds in mostly good ways. This “ anthropause ” as some have called it, resulted in less traffic on the roads, on water, and in the air, with a concomitant decrease in air and water pollution. Birds such as the Ruby-throated Hummingbird and Red-tailed Hawk became more common in urban areas and White -crowned Sparrows decreased the volume of their songs which had previously increased because of urban traffic noise. And, perhaps most surprising, with more idle time and less chance to travel, more people became birdwatchers...
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