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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.

There's been a ripple of excitement — and hope — in the Australian birdwatching world after recent sightings of the critically endangered regent honeyeater and swift parrot in northern coastal regions of New South Wales.

To some, they are the lost causes of the conservation world; a handful of species not only on the brink of extinction but elusive, hard to get to and even harder to track. Difficult.

They have led Dejan Stojanovic into some of the most remote corners of Australia, through rivers of mud and up trees. If the wind picks up, some days he will get motion sick in the branches.

Swallow, starling, puffin, parrot and penguin.... We use these names so often that few of us ever pause to wonder about their origins.

Yet the stories behind how the world’s birds got their names reveal tales of epic expeditions, ornithological rivalry, historical events - and even the occasional romantic gesture.

The Turnbull government helped broker a $200,000 agreement for a German not-for-profit to fund conservation work for a critically endangered Australian parrot, bolstering criticism it is shifting the cost of protecting threatened species to community and philanthropic organisations.

HE’S back! Go-Go Godwit, South Australia’s premier frequent flyer, has been sighted in China after fans feared he may have flown into the sunset.

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Hurrah, you did it! Give yourselves a pat on the back, your Autumn Surveys are complete and we have some of the results to share with you.

Are you or do you know someone who is looking for a bit of experience with graphic design? Birds in Backyards is looking for a volunteer to help us out one day a week (7 hours) for 3 months with some basic graphic design and education work. 

Activities include:

A study led by ANU has discovered how a mother knows her chicks and can spot an imposter in her nest, even if it looks almost identical to her chicks.

Brood parasitic cuckoos lay their eggs in the nests of other birds and abandon their young to the care of the nest's host, leading to significant disruptions to the birds involved.

I am confident that you could show almost anyone a photo of a Rainbow Lorikeet and they will be able to identify it. They are probably the most common backyard bird in Australia - coming out as the most frequently seen bird in both our regular Birds in Backyards surveys as well as the annual Aussie Backyard Bird Count year after year.

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