Autumn Birds in Backyards Survey!

The birds are on the move, let’s join them!

Autumn is a season of migration, cooling temperatures (for the most part) and another excuse to get out into our backyards and survey our birds. Our Birds in Backyards Autumn Survey runs from March to April with a focus on what unusual or unexpected birds are turning up in your backyard?

This fire season has been unprecedented and many of our bird communities have lost refuge and resources, pushing them to their limits. There have been accounts of unusual birds turning up in unexpected places or at the extremes of their range and we want to know more about these occurrences.

When you complete a survey in our Birdata portal, leave a comment in the notes section to flag when a bird is a really unusual visitor to your garden - maybe it is one you have never seen before, or is showing up earlier or later than you would usually expect them. This kind of information is hard for us to find so the input from our dedicated surveyors and citizen scientists can really have an impact on our research. Getting started is easy. If you don't have a Birdata account, sign up for one today. Then read the instructions or watch the video.

We will also be hosting a free webinar on how to use Birdata, bird ID’ing tips and tricks, how to complete one of our Birds in Backyards surveys and why this data is important on Monday 9th March 2020 at 7pm AEDST. You can sign up to attend here.


Annual Competition

Don't forget our major prize for the year - if you complete at least one survey per season (that’s Summer 2019/20, Autumn 2020, Winter 2020 & Spring 2020) you will go into the draw to win a pair of brand new Nikon binoculars (worth $249) to take with you on all your birding adventures!

A quick refresher of the rules for the annual competition:

  1. All surveys must be completed within the Birds in Backyards surveys on Birdata

  2. Surveys must be submitted from a single surveyor/Birdata account holder

  3. Surveys are only counted within each survey period

  4. For the Major Challenge, at least one survey in each season must be completed from a single Birdata account

  5. For Summer Survey, surveys can be from multiple sites

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