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 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.
The small EL 32 binoculars fit perfectly in your hand, thanks to the EL wrap-around grip, and are the ideal choice where size and weight are important factors. They impress with top marks for optics and luminosity, as well as for an outstanding field of view. Valued at over AUD$2,690
*Eggpicnic – custom large "create your own flock" print One lucky Aussie Backyard Bird Count participant will win a custom large-sized "Create your own flock" fine art print, generously donated by Egg Picnic.
Choose 5 of your favourite Aussie birds to go into your own custom creative art print! Measuring at 100cm x 42cm and printed on 320gsm fine art paper, this beautiful and fun print is great for lovers of birds and art alike! Valued at AUD$375.00
*Marini Ferlazzo selected items - two lucky winners will each receive a Marini Ferlazzo pack including bookmarks, fridge magnets, a hardcover notebook and a tote bag. These prize packs are valued at over $100 each and are kindly donated by Marini Ferlazzo.
In 2019 Australia counted nearly 3.4 million birds in seven days! Follow the link here to find out what birds made the Top 10 in 2019. 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 get 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'.