New Study Links 2020 Mass Migratory Bird Deaths to Wildfires

Crowdsourced data found a correlation between toxic air and an abnormally deadly year for migratory birds across the western U.S.
A male Western Bluebird perches on a tree branch. (Hayley Crews/Shutterstock)

by | May 20, 2021 | Environment

A new study published in the journal GeoHealth based on crowdsourced data has found that last year’s wildfires may have played a larger role in the 2020 mass die-off of migratory birds across the western United States than previously thought.

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Hannah Leigh Myers is an award-winning multimedia freelance journalist working on the Front Range in Colorado. In addition to her current role as a news producer and host for KGNU Radio in Boulder, Hannah Leigh has managed audio and video production for a variety of podcasts and her stories are regularly featured on national radio programs.

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