Olivia Sanderfoot is a Ph.D. student at SEFS. Courtesy of Olivia Sanderfoot

Doctoral student Olivia Sanderfoot and her study of how social distancing is impacting birds was recently featured in Portland Monthly.

Sanderfoot, who was studying the effects of prescribed burns on birds, pivoted her research when the COVID-19 global pandemic reached the Pacific Northwest.

“If we see a decline in noise pollution, we might hear birds more often,” she told the Portland, Oregon-based magazine. “That could be because birds are actually more active, or it might be because we can actually hear them, and that, I think, is a really interesting question to dig in to.”

Read the full story here. You can still help out with this study. For more information on how you can help, view the summary on eBird.