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Why not take advantage of the next sunny winter's day and submit a Birds in Backyards seasonal survey?

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.

Down by the mouth of Laverton Creek, at the Altona Foreshore Reserve in Melbourne’s west, songwriter Paul Kelly is watching about 150 gannets as they mass on Port Phillip Bay.

From where we stand, even through binoculars, the gannets are just big white blobs on the water, about 500 metres offshore.

An experiment from The Australian National University (ANU) using artificial trees has attracted birds and other wildlife never before seen in a damaged Canberra landscape—catching them on camera at the same time.

Dog owners have been urged to keep their pooches on a leash near wetlands in Sydney’s inner west where a threatened migratory bird is expected to arrive from as far away as Siberia next month.

When Leslie Kelly heard an unusual bird call in her western Sydney garden, it was a delightful surprise to find it coming from a critically endangered bird released hundreds of kilometres away.

The huge bowers of golden bowerbirds are being used to monitor the impact of climate change. Researchers say the golden bowerbirds and other highland rainforest species are already being pushed to higher altitudes. They say more monitoring and adaptation research is needed to prevent some species becoming extinct.

The Queensland government has ticked off a crucial environmental approval for Adani’s Carmichael coalmine, bringing the contentious project a step closer to becoming reality.

Our Autumn survey stats are in and wow - a whopping 31621 birds were seen throughout the months of March and April coming in from 492 surveys and covering a total of 213 species.

 

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