AlburyCity, City of Wodonga and BirdLife Australia are calling on local residents to spend 20 minutes in their backyards or local outdoor spaces during National Bird Week and count the birds they see for the Aussie Backyard Bird Count from 19-25 October 2020.
Now in its seventh year, the Aussie Backyard Bird Count takes place for one week every October, as part of National Bird Week celebrations. The event is run by BirdLife Australia.
Through the Aussie Backyard Bird Count we aim to:
- Engage the broader community in the natural world while getting to know the birds in their local area through participation in a simple, fun, all-ages activity that can be done anywhere
- Create a snapshot of Australia’s birds at the same time each year, providing vital information on how our local birds are faring
- Educate local communities and create bird-friendly spaces in gardens
- Connect with a wide range of Australians through national media coverage, partners, local promotion and key local/regional BirdLife Australia activities.
It’s a great way to connect with nature and it doesn’t matter where your backyard happens to be. You can count in a suburban backyard, your local park, a patch of local bushland, a farm or even in the main street of Albury or Wodonga. In fact you don’t even have to leave home so it’s the ultimate Covid19-safe activity.
Birdlife Australia has a specially designed app will help you identify local birds based on size, colour and location. The aim is to count more than 2 million birds in seven days. In 2019 over 200 Albury residents participated, counting over 7,800 individual birds and identifying over 150 different species.
Once you’ve counted, you will be able to see the number of birds and species being counted nearby, with real-time updates on the Aussie Backyard Bird Count app and website.
To take part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, all you need is 20 minutes, the Aussie Bird Count app (available for both Apple and Android devices) or the website aussiebirdcount.org.au.
Join one of Australia’s largest citizen science projects at aussiebirdcount.org.au .