Seen any kookaburras lately? Which feathered friends are frequenting your neighbourhood? The Aussie Backyard Bird Count wants to know! Held every year, the Aussie Backyard Bird Count was created to help BirdLife Australia identify the species of birds which live in areas inhabited by humans. And, importantly, to identify trends within bird communities from year to year. This provides a measure of the health of our local environments.
For more information on the Aussie Backyard Bird Count and for the downloadable app please visit the website at: https://aussiebirdcount.org.au/ The event runs between 23rd and 29th October and is held in Spring as this is the time birds begin nesting and become more visible and lively. Spring is also the time when thousands of migrant birds return to Australian shores.
In 2016, almost 1.4 million bird records were submitted.
Getting involved with the event is easy. By only counting for 20 minutes for each checklist, it provides consistency throughout individual surveys and ensure a robust scientific method. However, you can complete multiple surveys within the duration of the event.
To submit your counts you can either download the Aussie Bird Count app or submit your survey in an online web form on the Aussie Backyard Bird Count's website directly. The online form is available for viewing on Monday the 16th of October.