Do a survey - and win a prize!

Looking for an excuse to do some birding? Would the possibility of winning a prize entice you?

We still have 2 weeks left in the Birds in Backyards Summer surveys and have 6 great bird pin prize packs to giveaway - two each for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter users.

To enter:

  1. Download Birdata on your smartphone or go to, register, and do a Birds in Backyards 20 min or weekly survey before 12 am AEDT Feb 1 (see below for info on how to do a survey).

  2. Comment 'done' on one of the respective posts on Instagram, Twitter or in our Birds in Backyards Facebook group. One survey equals one entry. You may do as many surveys as you like. Simply post 'done' on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter each time you submit one survey.

The six winners will be chosen randomly from the three platforms. We will verify that your survey has been submitted before announcing the winners on Feb 5 2021.

Birds in Backyards has the right to disqualify any entry.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You understand that you are providing your information to BirdLife Australia and not to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. By participating in this promotion you agree to a complete release of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram from any claims.


How to do a survey

We've got some instructions here including step by step guides for the web portal and the app.

All you need to do is let us know some info about what your garden is like, and then do either a 20 min count of the birds visiting your garden OR a weekly tally of the birds you have seen.


What if I don't know all the birds?

If you are unsure where or how to start, or even feel like you don’t know the first thing about birds only that you love to see them, then fear not! The Birdata web portal and app automatically gives you a list of 30 birds from your region (with photos) to get you started.


Why do these surveys?

Your surveys are used by BirdLife  Australia and us in the Urban Bird team to track the health of our urban birds, and to monitor the impact of our gardens, outdoor spaces and even our own behaviours on bird populations. We can learn a lot from Birds in Backyard surveys, like how different types of gardens can attract different types of birds, and which features birds may be avoiding or are negatively affected by. Read about how the surveys you do in your gardens are helping in our post-fire conservation work here.

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