The blare of horns, the staccato notes of performers on street corners, the boisterous voices of crowds of people – these city sounds had largely fallen silent in the face of COVID-19 pandemic stay-home orders.
In the quiet that settled into urban spaces, city dwellers worldwide have told stories of connecting with birds around their homes and hearing birdsongs no longer drowned out by other sounds.
UNC Charlotte landscape ecologist Sara Gagné published a study last academic year in the journal PLOS ONE with two of her former UNC Charlotte graduate students – lead author Grant Paton and Alexandra Shoffner, who both earned master’s degrees in earth sciences from UNC Charlotte. The fourth author is Andrew. Wilson, one of the editors of the study’s data source, the Second Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas.