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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.

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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.

Yes, I admit it, I am a bird nerd. It is a badge I wear with pride.

I am one of the very very fortunate few whose love of birds has translated into a paid job. Finding employment in an area you are passionate about it tough enough, let alone in this field so I am aware of just how lucky I am.

Springtime in the bird world means a flurry of breeding activity. Many birds are looking their best and advertising their attractiveness to potential mates with calls and displays. However whilst most birds follow the standard ‘find a mate, build a nest, lay eggs, raise young’ (with some slight variations), cuckoos do things a little differently.

Deakin University in Melbourne has been undertaking research to investigate Powerful Owl home range, spatial use and movement for three years. This current chapter of research is part of an overall 20+ year story to understand how this threatened species is coping with increasing urbanisation, and the management actions that can be undertaken to benefit powerful owls.

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