Gold Coasters are being encouraged to head into their backyards, local parks, botanic gardens or favourite outdoor spaces to help BirdLife Australia count 1.5 million birds for the Aussie Backyard Bird Count this week.
Members of the community are encouraged to become citizen scientists for the week, not only to help BirdLife Australia but also to help the City of Gold Coast find out more about the birds that live within the council boundaries. With exceptional avifauna on offer, residents can count anywhere they can find Australian birds, anytime of the day or night.
“It’s wonderful to have the support of the City of Gold Coast for this year’s Aussie Backyard Bird Count, and we’re looking forward to analysing the results and seeing how these can be incorporated into future planning,” Paul Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of BirdLife Australia said.
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Local counters will be able to see live statistics and information on who is taking part nearby and the number of birds and species being counted through the Aussie Backyard Bird Count App and website.
City of Gold Coast has a number of great local birding spots, including Coombabah Lakelands and Mudgeeraba’s Hinterland Regional Park.
Last year more than 1 million birds, including the colourful Rainbow Lorikeets which led the national tally, were spotted in backyards across the country. BirdLife Australia is encouraging more people to get involved this year to learn about their local birdlife during National Bird Week, 17-23 October.
To take part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, all you need is 20 minutes, download the Aussie Bird Count App or visit the website aussiebirdcount.org.au.