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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.

Make every bird count this spring by taking part in BirdLife Australia’s fourth annual AUSSIE BACKYARD BIRD COUNT. From 23-29 October 2017, thousands of Australians will be heading into their backyards, local parks, or favourite outdoor spaces to take part.

Hop onto the BIBYTV YouTube channel and check out the instructions for entering and exploring the Birds in Backyards surveys on Birdata. 

When a Western Australian man dragged a hollow log on to the roof of his farmhouse and strapped it to the chimney with old fencing wire, he hoped endangered cockatoos would come home to roost.

Five years later, the unusual decision is improving the survival odds of the native Carnaby's cockatoo which faces extinction.

Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) ecologists have made a ground-breaking discovery, using exceptional natural history skills to uncover a Night Parrot population at Kalamurina Wildlife Sanctuary on the north shore of Kata Thandi-Lake Eyre.

It is the first record of the Night Parrot in South Australia for more than a century.

The author of H Is for Hawk explains how an appreciation of bird habitats enables a unique connection with the natural world - read this wonderful meditation on birds nests and eggs.

They're feisty and seemingly fearless. Once only found in the bush, it’s the native Australian animal that’s taking over the city.

Read more at news.com.au.

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