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Australians count record number of birds per minute

Data from the first 72 hours of BirdLife Australia’s Aussie Backyard Bird Count shows Australians are counting 25 per cent more birds per minute (BPM) than 2018, with 1.5 million birds counted and four full days of counting ahead. More than 19,000 Australians have submitted more than 45,000 20-minute counts since the Aussie Bird Count began on Monday; with tens of thousands more expected to join the count before it finishes on Sunday. Leading the states is NSW, home to 35 per cent of Australia’s overall counters, followed by Victoria (22%), Queensland (21%), Western Australia (8%), South Australia (7%), Tasmania […]

Aussie Bird Count gives Australians the perfect excuse to head outdoors

Australians will spend an increased amount of time outdoors this week counting birds for BirdLife Australia’s Aussie Backyard Bird Count, which runs until Sunday 27 October. With the aim of counting 3 million birds in 7 days, BirdLife Australia is calling on all Australians to head into their local green spaces and spend 20 minutes looking and listening for birds and recording their counts via the specially designed app. More than 450 schools and 90 councils have already registered to be part of the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, joining thousands of Australians in this important citizen science project that helps […]

Melbourne beats Sydney in first count for Aussie Bird Count

A friendly count-off between Melbourne and Sydney may have ruffled a few feathers, when Melbourne claimed the title of bird-friendliest city last Friday during the launch of BirdLife Australia’s Aussie Backyard Bird Count. The long-running competition between the two cities reached new heights with counts taking place on the same day and at the same time in the Melbourne and Sydney botanic gardens. In Melbourne, Gardening Australia’s Jane Edmanson joined Chief Bird Nerd Sean Dooley, while City of Sydney Councillor Jess Miller joined Urban Birds Program Manager Holly Parsons in Sydney. After 20 minutes of counting Melbourne had recorded 25 […]

Search begins for Australia’s bird-friendliest postcode

From backyards to balconies, botanic gardens to local parks, thousands of Australians (and their smartphones) will head outdoors next week to count the birds that share their favourite green spaces when BirdLife Australia’s Aussie Backyard Bird Count begins Monday 21 October. With the aim of counting 3 million birds in 7 days, BirdLife Australia is calling on all Australians to download the Aussie Bird Count app and spend 20 minutes counting birds during National Bird Week. The data collected during this popular citizen science project will help BirdLife Australia assess how birds are surviving in urban areas and reveal which […]

Chief Counters announced for Aussie Bird Count

A group of famous Australian bird lovers have been named as Chief Counters for BirdLife Australia’s Aussie Backyard Bird Count.

Tis the season for birds and birdwatching

Join the Aussie Backyard Bird Count from 21-27 October! The arrival of spring means warmer weather across Australia which will see birds reappear from their winter hideaways ready to be counted in BirdLife Australia’s Aussie Backyard Bird Count from 21-27 October.

Download the Aussie Bird Count app