Last year over 28,000 people helped sight 800,000 birds during National Bird Week. Join the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, the biggest citizen science project to hit Aussie shores and help identify the birds in your neighbourhood between 19-25 October. Help organisers meet their ambitious goal of boosting last year’s impressive tally to 1 million birds.
To get involved all you need is 20 minutes, your ‘green patch’ of choice and some keen eyesight (or binoculars). It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or an expert – the Aussie Bird Count team will be there to help you out along the way.
Simply record the birds you know and look up those you don’t on the new Aussie Bird Count app available from the campaign website where you will instantly see live statistics and information on how many people are taking part near you. The app also shows the number of birds and species counted across your neighbourhood and the whole of Australia.
As you get to know your feathered neighbours, you’ll be contributing to a vital pool of information from across the nation that will help identify and track how Australian birds are faring. So get your friends and family together, head into the great outdoors and start counting!
About the author
Stacey Madden is the National Events Coordinator at BirdLife Australia. Find out more at the Aussie Backyard Bird Count website.