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The artificial environment has now become so integral to the planet's surface it would be hard to imagine a time without it. Towering skyscrapers and apartment blocks dominate the skies of our major cities; houses of all shapes and sizes sprawl across our vast suburbs; a solid, unmoving presence among the fluidity of nature.

A group of birds that are not usually found in Australia attracted hundreds of birders to a relatively remote town on the north coast of NSW, resulting in a significant boost to the Australian economy.

The lack of regulation around drones has caused the death of countless and precious birds, writes Dr Peter Fisher.

It’s that time of the year again where the cold weather slowly starts to creep up on us, where the social events die down & the enthusiasm of getting out of bed drops dramatically as its so much warmer under the covers than outside.

Where? Where? Wedgie! is NatureTrackers first long-term project, to monitor Tasmanian birds of prey.  We focus on wedge-tailed eagles, but we cover all birds of prey as well as white cockatoos and corellas.

 

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.

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