Teachers & Schools

About the Aussie Backyard Bird Count

The Aussie Backyard Bird Count aims to engage school communities in the natural world while getting to know the birds in their local schoolyard through participation in a simple, fun, all-ages activity that can be done anywhere.

By taking part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count the students will become citizen scientists. Citizen science creates opportunities for students to connect with the natural world, gain scientific skills, and learn about topics such as life cycles, habitats, adaptations, and interrelationships. This can be a gateway to many exciting discoveries and creates a partnership between the students and professional scientists to help answer questions scientists couldn’t answer on their own.

About the lesson plans

The resources are intended for teachers of students in Years 5 and 6 working towards Stage 3 outcomes in the Australian Curriculum. However, they may be adapted for younger students as well.

The resource comprises two lessons. They are an inquiry-based curriculum resource that encourages students to engage in the scientific process through monitoring birds. The teaching and learning is based on the students’ role as citizen scientists investigating the bird community and habitat of their school grounds. They collect, analyse and interpret their data.

Additional materials

In addition to the lesson plans, we also have the following materials available:

  • A4 Backyard Birds Posters (VIC, NSW & Sth QLD only)
  • Stickers
  • Bookmarks
  • A3 Posters
  • Colouring Page

How to get your school involved

To get involved all you need to do is register your school using the form below. Once registered, you will receive an email with links to download the lesson plans and a form to request the additional materials.

Download the Aussie Bird Count app