Illinois study: Backyards, urban parks support bird diversity in unique ways

Compilation of five images showing birds in natural habitats
Photos by USFWS and Zak Sutton

Researchers from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences tracked bird diversity in public parks and private backyards in twin cities in Illinois with significantly different development histories and green space management practices. They found that birds rely on both public and private spaces in different seasons and for different reasons. The study linked park management practices aimed at conservation and restoration to increased bird diversity and the persistence of rarer species. 

The new findings are reported in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning. Read the full story from the Illinois News Bureau.