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Migrating birds turn Finns into citizen scientists

In Finland, thousands of citizens have responded to a call from scientific and networking institutions to report their observations of migrating birds. As of the beginning of November 2023, approximately 3.7 million recordings were submitted.

“The collected data allows us to investigate when the different bird species are arriving to Finland, where different bird species reside and in combination with other information, such as climatic and habitat conditions, analyse and identify which factors affect bird populations,” according to reporting at the website of CSC, the national research and education network (NREN) of Finland.

CSC is responsible for maintaining and processing the collected data and ensuring data availability for research. Other partners are the University of Jyväskylä and the Finnish broadcasting company Yle.

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Submitted by Morten Andersen

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