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.
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.
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.
*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
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.
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.
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'.