Discovering More About Birds in Backyards

Discovering more about birds in backyardsThere’s nothing quite like spending time in the great outdoors — especially in the garden — and getting to know some of the birds that visit. At BirdLife Australia and the National Parks Association of NSW, we’d like to get to know them too.

“One of the most enjoyable aspects of being in the garden is sharing it with the local wildlife, especially the birds,” said Holly Parsons, Manager of BirdLife Australia’s Birds in Backyards program. “People often put out food and water for the birds to enjoy, and bird baths are one of the most common features in bird-friendly gardens.”

“However, despite their popularity, we really don’t know much about which birds are visiting people’s bird baths,” she added, “and we want to find out.”

Because of this gap in knowledge, researchers from the Birds in Backyards program, National Parks Association of NSW and The University of Sydney have joined forces to launch a new citizen science project to find out — and they need your help.

You can help by being a part of ‘Bathing Birds’. All you need is to (1) complete a short questionnaire about your garden and its bird bath, and (2) watch your bird bath for 20 minutes at least once a week for up to 4 weeks.

“It’s that simple. You can even do it looking out the kitchen window with a cup of tea!” said Gráinne Cleary, Bathing Birds project coordinator for the National Parks

“Bathing birds offers a great way to get connected with the birds that share your neighbourhood and help further our knowledge about the birds at the same time.”

The project runs from 27 June to 27 July. Go to www.bathingbirds.org.au to find out more and to register.
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