BIRDLIFE Australia needs your help during National Bird Week, 21-27 October 2019 to participate in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count.
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The arrival of spring means warmer weather across Australia which will see birds reappear from their winter hideaways ready to be counted.
With the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting warmer than normal spring temperatures, BirdLife Australia is predicting a record-breaking count in one of Australia’s largest citizen science projects. Chief Bird Nerd Sean Dooley told News Of The Area, “Spring is always an exciting time for bird watchers in Australia, not only because it brings an abundance of bird life but it also signals the return of the popular Aussie Backyard Bird Count.”
“Australians will begin to see, and hear, a range of birds returning to their backyards over the coming months, making it the perfect time of the year to count,” he said.
The updated Aussie Bird Count app available from 1 October allows people to take part anywhere—not just backyards, but in local parks, botanical gardens, schoolyards or beaches—wherever birds might be seen.
The national total will be updated in real time, and the app allows people to see which species are being counted in the local area.
For events and activities during National Bird Week visit aussiebirdcount.org.au.
By Julie MCKIMM