Are you camped near a sausage-stealing kookaburra? Are flocks of cockatoos turning the Outback sky white? Is there an emu wandering through your camp?
This 17-23 October, during National Bird Week, it’s your chance to do your bit for citizen science by recording the resident bird population close to home (or wherever you are camped).
Australian Geographic says that the ‘Aussie Backyard Bird Count’, now in its third year, provides Aussies with an opportunity to contribute to a snapshot of Australian birdlife as well as an ongoing insight into trends in our bird communities from year to year.
You don’t have to officially have a ‘backyard’ to take part – a local park, school yard or simply your favourite outdoor space, whether at the beach or in a national park, will do, as long as it’s in Australia. Simply stay put (within a 200m radius) for 20 minutes and note every bird you can identify during that time.
The initiative is being spearheaded by BirdLife Australia and has a target of counting 1.5 million birds over the seven-day period. All kinds of bird watchers, from novices to experts and school kids to retirees, are encouraged to participate.
“We share our backyards with an impressive array of birds and are very fortunate that their feathers come from all spectrums of the rainbow,” says BirdLife Australia’s Sean Dooley. “And just like our birds, birdwatchers can come from an incredible range of backgrounds.”
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