Join the Aussie Backyard Bird Count from 22-28 October

Published on 08 October 2018

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Federation Council and BirdLife Australia are calling on local residents to spend 20 minutes in their backyards or local outdoor spaces this October and count the birds they see for the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, during National Bird Week from 22-28 October.

Using the specially designed app, which helps people identify local birds based on size, colour and location, the aim is to count more than 2 million birds in seven days.

The count follows a record-smashing Aussie Backyard Bird Count in 2017 with more than 72,000 nature-loving Australians taking time out from their busy schedules to count more than 1.9 million birds.

This is the first year that Federation Council is supporting the Count and encouraging all local nature lovers to begin planning when and where they will start counting. You can register your interest by heading to the official website

Federation Council has some great local bird watching spots. Find bird watching spots to take part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count or join the 'What Bird is that?' event being hosted by Corowa District Landcare on Saturday 27 October.

Once they’ve counted, locals will be able to see the number of birds and species being counted nearby, with real-time updates on the Aussie Backyard Bird Count app and website.

In 2017, Australian birdwatchers recorded more than 578 species, with the Rainbow Lorikeet, Noisy Miner and Australian Magpie remaining Australia’s most counted birds.

To take part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, all you need is 20 minutes, the Aussie Bird Count app or the website

Image credit: Andrew Silcocks and Georgina Steytler.