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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.


North Queensland

As the weather cools down, breeding Powerful Owls all along the east coast are inspecting hollows and getting ready for another, hopefully bumper, breeding season. However this also means that birds are on the move, particularly juveniles, as they leave mum and dad and head out to explore the world on their own.

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.

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

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.

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