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For love of birds: Backyard sleuths boost scientists’ work

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Barb and Dave Johnson

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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