As a billion birds fly through Texas, they find a landscape quiet and still

Once the stay-at-home orders were in place and the sounds of traffic and business dimmed, the birds seemed louder. There seemed to be more of them.

It’s not clear if birds have really raised their volume (more on that in a bit), but there are more in Texas these days. The state is in the middle of peak bird migration, a two-week period when around a billion birds fly through. And, scientists say, this year will provide a unique natural experiment to see what happens to that migration when it passes over a land less abuzz with human activity.

Read more from Mose Buchele with KUT here.