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Aussie Backyard Bird Count

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The Aussie Backyard Bird Count is the biggest citizen science project in Australia! Organised by BirdLife Australia and their Birds in Backyards Program, the bird count is an annual event that takes place during National Bird Week. The event is a national effort to count and record the bird sightings made by people across the country in order to create a pool of important information to help BirdLife Australia in their efforts towards bird conservation.

When is the Aussie Backyard Bird Count

This year’s Aussie Backyard Bird Count, which takes place from 18 – 24 October, is a great chance for kids and adults alike to head outdoors and get to know, appreciate and help to save our amazing feathered friends! With an aim to count a million birds in seven days they need your help!

If you have an Android or iPhone product, you can download the FREE Aussie Bird Count App by following the links at aussiebirdcount.org.au. This will instantly give you access to live statistics and details such as how many people are taking part in the count near you, and the number and species of birds already spotted in your area and throughout Australia.

If you don’t have access to the app, don’t worry! You can still take part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count by visiting aussiebirdcount.org.au and submitting your bird count here.

You can do your bird count any day or time that is convenient for you during the whole of National Bird Week. Simply head out to your favourite outdoor space, whether that’s your backyard, local park, school yard, national park or even beach — wherever you want to do your bird spotting!

Ideally, you should aim to spend 20 minutes counting the birds you see. Then look out for birds, either with binoculars or just the naked eye, and record all the birds that you see. If you’re unsure of the species of any birds, there is even a handy Field Guide built into the app and on the website to help you identify them!

When you’ve finished your bird count, simply submit your checklist via the app or on the Aussie Bird Count website here.

Find out more about the bird count

For loads more information about the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, head to aussiebirdcount.org.au. Plus you can check out their FAQs here, for answers to queries such as whether you can submit more than one checklist and what to do if you hear a bird but don’t see it.


October 18, 2021
October 24, 2021
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