Scientists Need Help to Document Species and Populations

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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For more information on the Great Backyard Bird Count click here

Image credit: John Flannery

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About the Author

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.   Follow @wdetamy

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