Welcome to Birds in Backyards

Birds in Backyards is a research, education and conservation program of BirdLife Australia focused on the birds that live where people live. Get involved by becoming a member and taking part in our online surveys. Learn how you can create bird-friendly spaces in your garden and local community. Find out more about Australian birds and their habitats.

Latest updates

Birds in Backyards is now using the BirdLife Australia login system. Click here to find out more.

The Birds in Backyards surveys are now available on Birdata. Click here to read more about the survey.

What's New

Start the new year right with this beautiful piece published in the January edition of National Geographic magazine about how birds are good for the environment and good for our souls. In 2018 we'll be celebrating the Year of the Bird and 20 years of the Birds in Backyards program - we hope you'll join us!

The Friends of ERBG have developed a new self guide system which features plants, birds and insects found in the Garden. Content will be expanded over time, and currently includes information on over 120 plant species and groups, and the 50 most common birds.

The Aussie Backyard Bird Count is fast becoming one of Australia’s largest citizen science events—with more than 70,000 participants, 61,000 checklists, and a record breaking two million birds counted! The Rainbow Lorikeet topped the Aussie Backyard Bird Count for the fourth consecutive year, reported in approximately 40% of all surveys submitted.

It’s Summer Survey Time! Every quarter we are going to give you your simple survey challenge and you should all be motivated after the Aussie Backyard Bird Count. So in between opening presents, overindulging in food and rushing from place to place, take some time out and tell us what birds are in your space.

We are thrilled to be working with the branches of BirdLife Mackay, BirdLife Townsville and BirdLife North Queensland to bring Birds in Schools to Northern Queensland in 2018. The project will involve a teacher professional development workshop and three curriculum-modules, culminating in the creation of a bird-friendly garden.

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