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Identifying birds is a skill, but one that anyone can practice (and believe me, you never stop practicing). Here are some things to look for if you see a mystery bird in your yard: 

Nearly 800 surveys were conducted at more than 250 locations across Australia during the summer period, demonstrating Birds in Backyards surveyors aren’t to be deterred by seasonal festivities nor challenging weather conditions! A total of 36,797 individual birds were counted, representing 290 species - what a fantastic commitment from all surveyors!

With COVID-19 meaning we are all spending almost, if not, all of our time at home, it is the perfect opportunity to become acquainted with your birdy neighbours. Birds in Backyards surveys can be submitted at any time, and as often as you like. Your data tells us how our urban birds are doing and how our gardens, and our own behaviour in those gardens can impact on the birds visiting. 

Australia has been through a lot over the past few months and most of us have felt helpless and distraught by it all. I have put together a few simple ways to help and, if each one of us makes one small change, in the grand scheme of things, it would be a big national movement.

We at the Powerful Owl project in southeast Queensland are looking forward to the 2020 season!

Congratulations to the wonderful schools, volunteers, and supporters that participated in the first Birds in Schools (BIS) program in Melbourne last year!

Due to the popularity of our free Birdata webinar this evening (28th Jan 2020), we have now scheduled one for the 29th January 2020 at 7pm (AEDST)!

Join us for a free 1 hour webinar and learn:

The last few days, weeks and months have seen such utter devastation across huge areas of Australia. Even if you are not directly affected, the fear can be paralysing. We all want to do something, so we’ve compiled a few ways to help birds in the immediate aftermath of these fires and also looking into the future.

With the recent passing of Dr Clive Minton the world has lost one of the most influential and significant amateur ornithologists who helped transform the field of birdwatching (or “twitching” as it is commonly known in the UK) to a serious scientific discipline that has contributed seminal data to our understanding of the planet’s changing climate.

Put on a sun hat, slap on the sunscreen and hydrate yourselves because it's time to take part in our Birds in Backyards Summer Survey 2019!

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