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A whizz and a whirl, a flutter and a swirl. Autumn is when so many of our birds are on the move. It’s time to find out which ones are visiting your space this March-April 2018.

Head over to Birdata and get your Birds in Backyards survey in today.

Got a blank space in your garden that is begging to be filled? A wall that is looking a little plain? A pergola that needs some shade provided? Get results quickly and easily by planting some native climbers or vines.

Sometimes birds go against everything we think we know about them and do something totally out of left field. Elizabeth Ainsworth and Allan Virtue recently shared a wonderful story with Birds in Backyards - a story of the Christmas they have just spent with a pair of Little Wattlebirds.

Start the new year right with this beautiful piece published in the January edition of National Geographic magazine about how birds are good for the environment and good for our souls. In 2018 we'll be celebrating the Year of the Bird and 20 years of the Birds in Backyards program - we hope you'll join us!

The Friends of ERBG have developed a new self guide system which features plants, birds and insects found in the Garden. Content will be expanded over time, and currently includes information on over 120 plant species and groups, and the 50 most common birds.

The Aussie Backyard Bird Count is fast becoming one of Australia’s largest citizen science events—with more than 70,000 participants, 61,000 checklists, and a record breaking two million birds counted! The Rainbow Lorikeet topped the Aussie Backyard Bird Count for the fourth consecutive year, reported in approximately 40% of all surveys submitted.

It’s Summer Survey Time! Every quarter we are going to give you your simple survey challenge and you should all be motivated after the Aussie Backyard Bird Count. So in between opening presents, overindulging in food and rushing from place to place, take some time out and tell us what birds are in your space.

We are thrilled to be working with the branches of BirdLife Mackay, BirdLife Townsville and BirdLife North Queensland to bring Birds in Schools to Northern Queensland in 2018. The project will involve a teacher professional development workshop and three curriculum-modules, culminating in the creation of a bird-friendly garden.

We recently teamed up with the BirdLife Photography group to run our “City Slickers” photo competition – and the results are in! From birds nesting in traffic lights, to images set against built backgrounds, to bathing birds in backyards, the array of submissions was absolutely amazing and inspiring.

If you like birds (and who doesn’t?), the 2017 Australasian Bird Fair and Wildlife Expo, at Sydney’s Olympic Park, is the place to be on 3–5 November. 

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