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The leaves turn brown, the sun is low. Get out and survey - GO GO GO

Up to one billion birds strike glass in North America each year, and millions more hit windows each year around the globe, including across Australia. This is an enormous and heart-breaking number. But with your help, we can learn more about where and why it's happening, and work together to prevent one of the highest causes of bird injury and mortality.

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.

Obviously no one told the little eagle size was a problem because Canberra's own mini-raptors have been caught flying as far as Bundaberg and Port Pirie.

The little eagle is listed as a vulnerable species in the ACT and NSW but not federally.

The captive population of Australia’s most unique critically endangered bird has doubled with the birth of nine plains-wanderer chicks, helped out by a feather duster, a heat lamp and a lot of cotton wool.

Artist Jill Sampson has collaborated with hundreds of people to create an exhibition featuring 153 bird species found within the Bimblebox Nature Refuge in central-west Queensland.

The exhibition, Bimblebox 153 Birds, is named for the number of species known in the refuge at the time, but extra birds found since have been included in the show, now making it 158.

In our backyards its tempting to think that we have 'our' birds, ones that are a regular sight in our garden day in day out. And in some cases that is true, a lot of Australian birds are sedentary or at least nomadic (moving around the landscape in response to what resources e.g. flowering Eucalypts are available).

A huge thank you to the 120 passionate Sydney-siders who joined the Birds in Backyards Program at our Urban Bird Public Forum in February. Designed to introduce people early in the planning stages of the Urban Bird Conservation Action Plan, the forum allowed us at Birds in Backyards to tell them about what the CAP is and why it is so important.

The Birds in Backyards surveys are now fully functional on the Birdata app! Download it from your App Store or Googleplay

You can now enter your bird sightings as well as your all important garden information to us via your smartphone or tablet in one go!

Here are a few tips for you:

Birds in Schools (BIS) is a curriculum-linked environmental education program designed and delivered by BirdLife Australia’s Urban Bird Program that engages Stage 3 (Years 5 and 6) primary school students as citizen scientists.

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