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In our backyards its tempting to think that we have 'our' birds, ones that are a regular sight in our garden day in day out. And in some cases that is true, a lot of Australian birds are sedentary or at least nomadic (moving around the landscape in response to what resources e.g. flowering Eucalypts are available).

A huge thank you to the 120 passionate Sydney-siders who joined the Birds in Backyards Program at our Urban Bird Public Forum in February. Designed to introduce people early in the planning stages of the Urban Bird Conservation Action Plan, the forum allowed us at Birds in Backyards to tell them about what the CAP is and why it is so important.

The Birds in Backyards surveys are now fully functional on the Birdata app! Download it from your App Store or Googleplay

You can now enter your bird sightings as well as your all important garden information to us via your smartphone or tablet in one go!

Here are a few tips for you:

Birds in Schools (BIS) is a curriculum-linked environmental education program designed and delivered by BirdLife Australia’s Urban Bird Program that engages Stage 3 (Years 5 and 6) primary school students as citizen scientists.

Urban birds are all around us, yet they often fly under the radar.

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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'.

 

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.

Getting started is easy. If you don't have a Birdata account, sign up for one today.

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.

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