Sydney, Oct 5: Join BirdLife Australia in their 10th annual Aussie Bird Count, a remarkable citizen science event taking place from October 16 to 22.
This event has become the largest of its kind in Australia and offers a fantastic opportunity to connect with nature, one bird at a time, right in your own neighborhood.
Not only is it a chance to test your bird knowledge and explore the colorful array of bird species around you, but it also allows you to make a real impact on bird conservation.
Sean Dooley, BirdLife Australia’s National Public Affairs Manager, is urging all Australians to get involved. He emphasizes that the Aussie Bird Count isn’t just about tallying birds; it’s about connecting with your environment and contributing to the knowledge that drives conservation efforts.
Given the challenges Australia faces, including climate change, habitat loss, and invasive species, focusing on birds is a crucial starting point for conservation, and it even includes popular interactive events like the Bird of the Year vote.
The Aussie Bird Count complements the work of trained ornithologists by focusing on common backyard and urban birds, filling a vital gap in our understanding of these everyday avian neighbors.
Taking just 20 minutes to observe and count birds in nature can benefit both you and the birds.
It’s a fantastic excuse to immerse yourself in the natural world while making a meaningful contribution to a vital cause.
The Aussie Bird Count is suitable for all ages, and levels of experience, and can be done alone or with a group.
Here’s how you can participate:
- Choose Your Spot: Pick your favorite outdoor location, whether it’s your backyard, a local park, or even your office window.
- Count the Birds: Spend 20 minutes quietly observing and counting the birds around you. Make note of the species and the number of each bird you spot.
- Share Your Data: Record your findings using the Aussie Bird Count app or the web form. You can participate as many times as you like, in as many locations as you prefer during the count period, with each count lasting 20 minutes.
For those uncertain about bird identification, the app provides a built-in bird finder tool to assist you.
Your contribution as a citizen scientist will provide valuable data to monitor bird populations and protect endangered species. It’s a simple, enjoyable activity suitable for the whole family, promoting a deeper connection with the environment and revealing the incredible diversity of birdlife in Australia.
By participating, you’ll play a crucial role in helping BirdLife Australia combat threats like climate change, habitat loss, fires, and invasive species, which endanger nearly one in six bird species in Australia.
Your insights from the count will contribute to shaping BirdLife Australia’s broader Bird Conservation Strategy, with the aim of preventing bird extinctions by 2032 and reversing overall bird declines by 2050.
Celebrate the beauty of nature while actively contributing to the conservation of Australia’s native birdlife this October.
To sign up for the Aussie Bird Count, go here.
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