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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.

We recently teamed up with the BirdLife Photography group to run our “City Slickers” photo competition – and the results are in! From birds nesting in traffic lights, to images set against built backgrounds, to bathing birds in backyards, the array of submissions was absolutely amazing and inspiring.

If you like birds (and who doesn’t?), the 2017 Australasian Bird Fair and Wildlife Expo, at Sydney’s Olympic Park, is the place to be on 3–5 November. 

The flute-like chirps of an iconic Australian songbird has inspired one of the nation's most prestigious orchestras.

The pied butcherbird, found in many backyards around the nation but best heard in the Australian outback, will perform — in a way — as part of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra on Saturday night.

The hot, dry Australian desert may not come to mind as an ideal location for waterbirds to breed, but some species wait years for the opportunity to do just that.

Everyone knows an ibis, they are the bird at the park on the picnic table. But did you know they are a protected native species that plays an important role in nature?

Well 2017 sure has been an exciting year so far! There have been a lot of changes as we continue to improve and grow the Birds in Backyards program, your backyard birding experiences and the many ways you contribute towards positive outcomes for the birds that live where we live.

Surprisingly large numbers of bird species usually found in inland areas of New South Wales have been spotted along parts of the state's coast.

Experts said it could be an indication of just how dry inland areas are.

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