Birdwatching increased tenfold last lockdown. Don’t stop, it’s a huge help for bushfire recovery | The Conversation

Australians are reporting bird sightings at record rates – it’s good for the spirit, and for science

Many Victorians returning to stage-three lockdown will be looking for ways to pass the hours at home. And some will be turning to birdwatching.

When Australians first went into lockdown in March, the combination of border closures, lockdowns and the closure of burnt areas from last summer’s bushfires meant those who would have travelled far and wide to watch their favourite birds, instead stayed home.

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