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Birding provides escape for the pandemic-fatigued

Watching for resident and migratory birds has provided people an outlet during the COVID-19 shutdowns

December 30, 2020
Small yellow and grey bird sits on branch, one of many birds that can be seen by people birding in New York City
Migratory birds like this magnolia warbler pass through New York City each year, and the pandemic hasn’t stopped them. [Jean-Guy Dallaire | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 ]

For much of 2020, the coronavirus pandemic upended life across the country. When lockdowns cancelled activities like Broadway shows, weekend dinners out and days at the museum, some people turned to baking sourdough, some learned a new language and others — like me — started birding to pay more attention to our feathered friends and neighbors.

Bird-watching, or birding, has become more popular this year, and organizations like the New York City Audubon Society are trying to safely run programming for new and experienced birders alike. 

Come along as Scienceline’s environment editor Casey Crownhart takes you on a masked, socially-distanced birding adventure in New York City’s Van Cortlandt Park.

Music by: Chuck Fresh, Jahzzar

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About the Author

Casey Crownhart

Casey writes about the environment, public health, and materials science. When not on deadline, you can find her tending to her small army of houseplants, running, or watching college football.

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