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Hello parents, carers and kids! Are you looking for at-home activities to keep everyone chirpy? Here at BirdLife we have lots of resources that are fun AND you can learn about amazing birds and places

With COVID-19 meaning we are all spending almost, if not, all of our time at home, it is the perfect time to become acquainted with your birdy neighbours. Birds in Backards surveys can be submitted at any time, and as many times as you like. Your data tells us how our urban birds are doing and how our gardens, and our own behaviour in those gardens can impact on the birds visiting. 

 

The last few days, weeks and months have seen such utter devastation across huge areas of Australia. Even if you are not directly affected, the fear can be paralysing. We all want to do something, so we’ve compiled a few ways to help birds in the immediate aftermath of these fires and also looking into the future.

Begun in 1998, Birds in Backyards is celebrating its 20th year as a national citizen science program. Now that’s something to get excited about! Learn, participate, and create with us this year.

Nearly 800 surveys were conducted at more than 250 locations across Australia during the summer period, demonstrating Birds in Backyards surveyors aren’t to be deterred by seasonal festivities nor challenging weather conditions! A total of 36,797 individual birds were counted, representing 290 species - what a fantastic commitment from all surveyors!

Australia has been through a lot over the past few months and most of us have felt helpless and distraught by it all. I have put together a few simple ways to help and, if each one of us makes one small change, in the grand scheme of things, it would be a big national movement.

We at the Powerful Owl project in southeast Queensland are looking forward to the 2020 season!

Congratulations to the wonderful schools, volunteers, and supporters that participated in the first Birds in Schools (BIS) program in Melbourne last year!

Due to the popularity of our free Birdata webinar this evening (28th Jan 2020), we have now scheduled one for the 29th January 2020 at 7pm (AEDST)!

Join us for a free 1 hour webinar and learn:

With the recent passing of Dr Clive Minton the world has lost one of the most influential and significant amateur ornithologists who helped transform the field of birdwatching (or “twitching” as it is commonly known in the UK) to a serious scientific discipline that has contributed seminal data to our understanding of the planet’s changing climate.

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