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The Great Backyard Bird Count Is Not Only Fun, But Also Helps Scientists Understand Migration05:34
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Reporter Celia Llopis-Jepsen used the Merlin app to find out more about the Northern Shoveler.
(Celia Llopis-Jepsen)
Reporter Celia Llopis-Jepsen used the Merlin app to find out more about the Northern Shoveler. (Celia Llopis-Jepsen)

Since the pandemic began, there's been a huge increase in birdwatching and people participating in bird-related citizen science.

This weekend volunteers around the U.S. — and the world — will participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count, reporting bird species in and around their neighborhoods.

The count provides vital information to help scientists understand changes in bird populations and migration patterns, Celia Llopis-Jepsen of Kansas News Service reports.

The Baker Wetlands in Lawrence, Kansas, where Celia Llopis-Jepsen went to look for the Northern Shoveler. (Celia Llopis-Jepsen)
The Baker Wetlands in Lawrence, Kansas, where Celia Llopis-Jepsen went to look for the Northern Shoveler. (Celia Llopis-Jepsen)

This segment aired on February 12, 2021.

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