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Welcome to those of you who are new to Birds in Backyards and to surveying. With many of us taking some time off over Christmas, its a great time to reconnect or maybe connect for the first time with birds.

As we thankfully are about to see the back of 2020, its time for one last Birds in Backyards seasonal survey to round off the year.

While spending most of our time at home can be frustrating, it also gives us a great opportunity to be #BirdingAtHome.

We want you to take just 10 mins for yourself whenever you can. Get away from the TV and the news, make a cuppa and do a 10 min bird count at home. Share your list of birds using the tag #CuppawiththeBirds.

Hello parents, carers and kids! Are you looking for at-home activities to keep everyone chirpy? Here at BirdLife we have lots of resources that are fun AND you can learn about amazing birds and places

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:

What a great series of surveys we received for our Birds in Backyards Spring surveys. 2224 surveys were submitted (and all but 3 of those were complete!) totalling 76898 individual birds across 711 sites. This season also saw an increase in the number of species recorded with 351 species seen (up from 315 in Winter).

Overall Survey Results

We are thrilled to have launched our new online Birds in Schools program! While the move to the online space was spurred by the challenging events of this year, we could not be happier that we can now engage schools across the country in our program.

With the summer now upon us, the hot temperatures may prove too warm to be planting land-based plants. However, this is the perfect time for planting in the water. Em Bowman from Stem Landscape Architecture and Design shares a case study of one of her latest projects:

 

With a whopping wingspan of +1.5m the Powerful Owl, Australia’s largest threatened owl, is powerful by name and nature. However the BirdLife Australia Powerful Owl Project is using some of its smallest features, feathers, to understand more about the population in the Greater Sydney region.

Long before Jeff Young met his wife Gwen, birds were targets for his slug gun.

Sparrows were "spoggies", red-browed finches were "beetroot eaters" — at least that is what his Dad told him on their Port MacDonnell farm in South Australia's south-east.

This morning our Urban Bird Program Managers, Dr. Monica Awasthy and Dr. Holly Parsons gave evidence at the federal inquiry into the problem of feral and domestic cats in Australia. 

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