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Birds are singing in the bright summer sun, head outdoors for some surveying fun! Conduct your Birds in Backyards Summer Survey on Birdata this December 2018 & January 2019.

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Up to one billion birds strike glass in North America each year, and millions more hit windows each year around the globe, including across Australia. This is an enormous and heart-breaking number. But with your help, we can learn more about where and why it's happening, and work together to prevent one of the highest causes of bird injury and mortality.

Begun in 1998, Birds in Backyards is celebrating its 20th year as a national citizen science program. Now that’s something to get excited about! Learn, participate, and create with us this year.

Another round of applause please, your Spring Surveys are complete! For our third Birds in Backyards seasonal survey, 285 people surveyed 371 sites around the country and counted a total of 26,317 birds across 326 species. Not a bad effort and only one more survey for the year to go, let’s keep up the great work!

The Birds in Backyards Program meets extraordinary people every day. Lea-Ann Leaden is a member of our wonderful community who has, over the last 6 years, been transforming her garden into a bird paradise. Lea-Ann agreed to answer some questions about what she has done in her garden, and why…

 

Why did you embark on creating a bird-friendly garden?

Landscape architect Melissa Stagg has a firm favourite in the bird world, and its just turned up at her place again for the first time this year. Read about her love of the Rainbow Bee-eater and what you can do in your space to help them (and other insectivorous birds), including creating a 'bug hotel'.

 

Bird strike is one of the highest causes of bird mortality globally and the rapid increase of urbanisation continues to exacerbate the damage caused by our buildings and other man-made infrastructure. Our homes, our places of work, where we study and where we relax all have a unique set of factors that put all species of birds at risk of window collisions.

Australia's "most important bird" – and one whose conservation some scientists consider the most urgent of any  bird in the world – has just taken a significant step back from the brink of extinction.

The critically endangered plains-wanderer once roamed the grasslands surrounding Melbourne.

If you're a bird watcher, you may have noticed changes in your local bird population since the drought hit.

Inland bird populations are moving from their usual habitats to coastal areas in search of food and water.

Cities and coastal areas are now playing hosts to new species.

It's an exciting time for twitchers but a cause for concern too.

Eagles, hawks and other large birds of prey are flocking to cities and towns, with the drought forcing them out of the parched countryside, bird watchers say.

Data compiled by Birdlife Australia from citizen scientists has revealed large numbers of birds of prey are moving into urban areas.

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