ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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​Balcony Birding and the Lockdown

The rise of balcony birders during the lockdown should strengthen citizen science in a changing world.

Most things are better in hindsight, but it is still difficult to declare the COVID-19 lockdown as charming or nostalgic. Living in constant fear does not lend itself well to happiness. Yet, if not happiness, many have found meaning in the lockdown, forged with a sense of return to a purer form of nature.

For many people across the world, the lockdown was the time to begin balcony birding. They started noting what had always been there, but had been neglected in the din of daily life. The dawn chorus of birds, birds nesting by picking up household twine or twigs from potted plants, broods of chicks coming up in verandahs or overhanging ledges—a microcosm of life coming forth was observed even as humanity stayed soberingly indoors.

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Updated On : 10th Oct, 2020
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