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Summer has that unusual mix of being both incredibly busy as we celebrate Christmas and the holidays (as much as we could this last year due to COVID) - and also quiet as we seek time to relax and recharge for another year ahead. As we often see, our Birds in Backyards surveys are a little quieter during this period (with 1498 surveys recorded this past Dec/Jan).

If you are in Sydney and have, or know of, a large dead tree - we need your help.  

Last month the federal government released it's much anticipated report into the problem of feral and domestic cats in Australia. The Birds in Backyards Program put forward a submission and was asked to give evidence at the inquiry.

Gazing at Gang-gangs, marvelling at Magpies or smiling at some Spinebills?

Join our Birds in Backyards surveys this Autumn and let us know who is visiting your garden. 20 mins and some information about your garden helps to understand our local birds and gives us invaluable insight into their daily lives.

How do I take part?

Em Bowman is the director and founders of STEM Landscape Architecture & Design​​​​​​​

In our last article I wrote about a dam revamp we have been working on in Kyneton, and since then I have had many questions about what type of plants to use in water habitats. So, I hope I can shed some light onto your next garden project.

Josie Jenkins is an Hons student from the University of Sydney. She is being supervised by Dr Holly Parsons from Birds in Backyards and Prof Dieter Hochuli, University of Sydney. 


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

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.

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.

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