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  • Illinois study: Backyards, urban parks support bird diversity in unique ways

    Photos of birds seen in the study. Clockwise, from top left: ring-necked pheasant, common redpoll, common nighthawk, red-bellied woodpecker and dickcissel.

    Researchers tracked bird abundance and diversity in parks and backyards in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana in summer and winter. They found that parks and backyards play complementary roles in supporting bird health and abundance. The researchers also tracked how park maintenance and preservation practices related to bird diversity.

    Photos by USFWS and Zak Sutton


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  • Editor’s note:    

    To reach Henry Pollock, email
    To reach Carena Van Riper, email
    To reach Mark Hauber, email

    The paper “The public–private divide and seasonal variation shape bird diversity in greenspaces of two neighboring midwestern USA cities” is available online.
    DOI:  10.1016/j.landurbplan.2024.105060