Scientists Need Help to Document Species and Populations

Organizers say 15 minutes of observation by citizen scientists provides invaluable data on health of bird species

Scientist from across the world use data gathered during the annual Great Backyard Bird Count for many reasons including assessing the health of specific species, tracking species movement, estimating bird populations across the world and much more. Rachelle Roake is the conservation science coordinator for Michigan Audubon. She tells WDET’s Amy Miller that anyone across the world can participate from indoors or outside and it takes as little as 15 minutes to participate. Roake says scientists can’t collect the volume of data that citizen scientists can provide over the four day event…

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  • Amy Miller
    Amy has been working in public and commercial radio for the last 30 yrs. She is an award winning reporter and news anchor, born and raised in Detroit.