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Aussie Backyard Bird Count

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by Elaine (subscribe)
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Make every bird count
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Make every bird count! Image: Aussie Backyard Bird Count FB


Happy as a lark! That's me right now, all of a-twitter!

Have you heard of the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, hosted by BirdLife Australia? Me neither, but the exciting item of news is that this 8th count has to be one of the most Covid-safe activities to get involved with … and it is really as easy as counting the birds in your backyard.

BirdLife Australia is one of Australia's largest bird conservation organisations. As an independent, not-for-profit organisation, BirdLife Australia are dedicated to conserving Australia's birds and their habitats through advocacy, targeted research, on-ground work and monitoring.

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Blue-faced Honeyeater - Image: ©elaine de wet


Connect with the birds in your backyard, no matter where your backyard may be - a suburban backyard, a local park, a patch of forest, a farm, beachside or in the Main Street of town - the #AussieBirdCount is a great way to discover and tally up our local feathered visitors.

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Pale-headed Rosella - Image: ©elaine de wet


All bird counters need to participate is to spend twenty minutes in a favourite outdoor space - heck, you may not even have to leave your back deck at home - making the Aussie Backyard Bird Count the ultimate Covid-safe activity. You can count as many times as you like over the week, as long as each count is completed over a 20-minute period.

As well as contributing to BirdLife Australia's database of Aussie Birds, bird counters will have the opportunity to win some fabulous prizes.
Head to the website here and register as a counter today!

Download the FREE Aussie Bird Count App here on the Apple App Store (available only for iPhone and iPad) or here on Google Play.

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The No. 1 Bird for 2019, the Rainbow Lorikeet - Image: ©elaine de wet


PRIZES UP FOR GRABS!

*Swarovski Optik NL 8x32 Binoculars
One lucky Aussie Backyard Bird Count participant will win a pair of NL Pure Burnt Orange 8x32 binoculars, kindly donated by Swarovski Optik, RRP $3,190

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Win a fabulous pair of binoculars, kindly donated by Swarovski Optik - Image: www.aussiebirdcount.org.au


*Eggpicnic – custom large "create your own flock" print
One lucky Aussie Backyard Bird Count participant will receive a custom large-sized "Create your own flock" fine art print, generously donated by Egg Picnic. RRP $295

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'Create your own flock' - Image: www.aussiebirdcount.org


*Pete Cromer fine art prints - three lucky winners will each get to choose from one of three A1-sized fine art bird prints by artist Pete Cromer. RRP $350 each

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Pete Cromer fine art prints - Image: www.aussiebirdcount.org.au


*Wingspan board games by Stonemaier Games - three winners will each receive a copy of the Wingspan board game and its Oceania expansion set by Stonemaier Games. RRP approximately $120

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Win a copy of the Wingspan board game - Image: www.aussiebirdcount.org.au


*Metalbird Garden Ornaments - three winners will receive either a Kookaburra, a Regent honeyeater, or a brand new design Mallee Emu-wren garden ornament by Metalbird. RRP starts at at $65

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Metalbird garden ornaments - Image: www.aussiebirdcount.org.au


*Kookaburra scarf by Wildlifescarves - one winner will receive a large Kookaburra print scarf from Wildlifescarves. RRP $165

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Win a large Kookaburra print scarf - Image: www.aussiebirdcount.org.au


Please read through the Competition Terms and Conditions.

For Frequently Asked Questions, please follow each individual link below -

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Crested pigeon - Image: ©elaine de wet


In 2019 Australia counted nearly 3.4 million birds and in 2020 Australia counted more than 4.6 million birds in the seven days! Download the 2020 results infographic here.

Collecting a dataset like the one from the Aussie Backyard Bird Count is only possible with your help, particularly as this is the only way for Aussie Backyard Bird Count to gain access to areas they are not usually able to survey i.e. in your very own backyard.

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Red-headed Honeyeater - Image: ©elaine de wet


As well as helping ecologists to track large-scale biodiversity trends, backyard bird counting gives people the opportunity to connect with their natural environment whilst gaining a greater appreciation of our unique feathery friends. If counting birds for one week every year in October doesn't seem enough and you would be keen to submit bird surveys all year round, check out the bird monitoring programs - Birds in Backyards and Birdata.

Please consider supporting BirdLife Australia with donations and help to prevent the extinction of our beautiful feathered friends.

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Tawny Frogmouth - Image: ©elaine de wet


Birds of a feather flock together, there are some fabulous prizes to feather your nests and participants can be as proud as peacocks knowing that they have contributed to such a worthwhile and fun 'count'.


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Why? To flock together and make every bird count!
When: Between Monday 18 October to Sunday 24 October
Where: The whole of Australia
Cost: FREE to participate
Your Comment
great pictures Elaine..
by Barry (score: 3|2410) 369 days ago
I did it last year.
by May Cross (score: 3|8033) 365 days ago
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