Backyard Bird Count

City of Darwin is calling on the Darwin community to become involved in the National Backyard Bird Count, from 21-27 October, an initiative of BirdLife Australia.

Information gathered over the week-long Bird Count will assist researchers and conservationists by providing real data on bird numbers, bird types and migration patterns.

Acting Lord Mayor Simon Niblock encouraged the community become involved.

“It doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment, house or on a boat,” he said “the statistics you collect over the week period will make a real difference and help us understand the health of our environment here in Darwin.”

The only requirement is that participants go to the same location – their backyard, a park, the beach, etc. – and count the number and type of birds they see at that location over a twenty minute period.

For people who may not know the names of the birds living in and around their suburb the Aussie Bird Count app includes a field guide to help identify birds.

“Anyone can be involved in the Bird Count,” said Acting Lord Mayor Niblock “from complete novices to expert bird watchers.

“The important thing is being involved; the information collected will help us understand trends, the health of our environment, protect our birds and stop extinctions.”

Data collected for the Backyard Bird Count can be submitted after 27 October through the app or via the online web form at BirdLife Australia.

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