Birds of a feather, flock together

16 October 2015

Look up in the sky! It’s a plane! It’s Superman! … No, it’s a BIRD!

It’s this kind of excitement that has got local people counting-down the days to the annual Aussie Backyard Bird Count.

To celebrate the event, now in its second year, and to bring a particularly local flavour to the event, the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) and BirdLife Midwest-Geraldton have joined forces to organise Geraldton’s Backyard Bird Count.

Community members are invited to join experienced “birders” on an exciting bus tour around Geraldton.

The tour explores four local ‘backyards’ to record all of the bird species seen and heard in the area.

Not only will participants get to know our feathered neighbours, but taking part will also contribute to a vital pool of information from across the nation that will help identify how Australian birds are faring.

The Willie Wagtail is a bird species commonly found in the NAR.
  The Willie Wagtail is a bird species commonly found in the NAR.

Last year, volunteers counted about 800,000 birds from across Australia, and this year Birdlife Australia is setting a big challenge, to count at least one million.

The event will run in line with the annual National Bird Week, which runs from 19-25 October this year, and which aims to inspire Australians to take action and get involved in bird conservation.

NACC’s Biodiversity Program Coordinator Dr Jessica Stingemore said: “The diversity of Australia’s birdlife is remarkable.”

“From wrens to eagles, emus to finches, owls to penguins, birds come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, but they all have one unique feature in common – feathers.

“While we associate much of our birdlife with the larger expanses of Australia, our urban environment is also equally fascinating, and equally important.”

Dr Stingemore said Geraldton’s Backyard Bird Count was a great way for people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with nature and show some love for the birds.

She encouraged people in the community to gather friends and family on Sunday 25 October and “get counting” at Geraldton’s Backyard Bird Count.

To assist with identifying different birds, the Birdlife Australia’s Aussie Bird Count app is also available, which shows live statistics, shows how many people are taking part near you, and the identifies the number of birds and species counted across the region and the whole of Australia.

The event, which includes lunch, will commence at Spalding Park at 8am on Sunday 25 October. –It will finish at 1pm.

To help spread the word to the global community, all participants are encouraged to join the conversation on Twitter, and simply add the #AussieBirdCount hashtag when (quite appropriately) tweeting.

For more information please contact Jessica Stingemore, NACC’s Biodiversity Program Coordinator (P) 9938 0106 or (E) jessica.stingemore@nacc.com.au.

This event is proudly sponsored by the National Landcare Program, through funding from the Australian Government.

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