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Join and Make Every Bird Count

Make Every Bird Count 19-25 October 2020

Conservationists estimate that over 180 million birds have been lost in Australia due to the recent bush fires due to the lack of food, loss of ground cover, and hungry predators

In 2019, the Aussie Backyard Bird Count saw record-breaking numbers of people heading to their backyards and local green spaces to count their local birds. Together Aussies counted nearly 3.4 million birds across the nation, compared to 2018’s 2.7 million. It will be interesting, this year, to see how drought and bushfires have change the numbers.

The Aussie Backyard Bird Count is quickly becoming one of Australia’s biggest citizen science events and it’s an activity that attracts counters of all ages. Great for families, kids and of course, everyone’s mental health.

trevor-mckinnon-parrot1440From 19-25 October 2020, the annual Backyard Bird Count will take place and COVID has provided everyone with the perfect excuse to sit, relax and count the birds in your back yard, no matter where your backyard happens to be — a suburban backyard, a local park, a patch of forest, down by the beach, or the main street of town.

The #AussieBirdCount is a great way to connect; download the ‘Birdcount’ App (from your app store) as it provides a guide to the name of the bird through pictures and colouring details.

phillip-flores-small bird1440You can count as many times as you like over the week 19-25 October 2020, BirdLife Australia just ask that each count is completed over a 20-minute period. The data collected assists BirdLife Australia in understanding more about the birds that live where people live.

Register to count and enter into the competition once you have submitted your count.

For more information on how to take part, head to the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Main Image: Tawny Frogmouths are a nocturnal Australian bird related to night jars. David Clode

Here’s a Guide to 8 birds you can spot in Sydney (out of the 120 species that visit or live there)