Big backyard bird count is on again

BirdLife Castlemaine District's Ash Vigus and Jane Rusden are encouraging others to take part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count over October 18 to 24. Photo: Eve Lamb

Eve Lamb

It’s time to dust off those binoculars and tune in to the natural world with Castlemaine members of BirdLife Australia encouraging local residents to take part in the great Aussie Backyard Bird Count.
The big bird count starts on Monday and runs throughout National Bird Week to October 24 with people all over Australia invited to set aside just 20 minutes to count and record the numbers and types of birds they observe in that time.
“Our main message is get out there and give it a go,” says Jane Rusden, president of BirdLife Castlemaine District.
The data collected during the popular annual citizen science project will help BirdLife Australia assess how birds are surviving in urban areas and reveal which populated Australian locations are home to the largest number of bird species.
Jane says the aim is not to try to record the most birds during your allotted 20 minutes.
“Getting a low count is just as important in terms of the information it provides,” she says.
And it’s really easy to take part. You just spend 20 minutes in your favourite outdoor space and record the number and type of birds you see during that time and you can submit your results using the app or the web form.” Read more in today’s Mail…

Eve Lamb
Journalist and photographer Eve Lamb has a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) degree from Deakin University and a Master of Arts (Professional Writing) from Deakin University. She has worked for many regional newspapers including the Hamilton Spectator and the Warrnambool Standard, and has also worked for metro daily, The Hobart Mercury, and The Sunday Tasmanian. Eve has also contributed to various magazines including Australian Cyclist.