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In Kansas City And Across The Country, Birding Is Cool Again

Closeup of a peregrine falcon with head turned toward the camera. This bird of prey has mottled grey back and wings with a grey head, yellow-rimmed eyes, yellow beak and white chest.
Courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation
Peregrines are well suited to city living, and seven pairs have been documented in the Kansas City area.

As the pandemic increases outdoor activities, birdwatching's popularity is increasing.

National birding organizations saw interest soar throughout 2020. The Audubon Society reported a 23% spike in website traffic at the start of the pandemic and the number of people using The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird app jumped nearly 40% in 2020. Birdwatching can be done in city, suburb or country and doesn't require special equipment making it ideal for just about everyone.

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