2021 Aussie Backyard Bird Count

Published on 08 October 2021

Aussie Backyard Bird Count

It’s that time of year again! The Aussie Backyard Bird Count (ABBC) is on from 18 to 24 October!

Murrindindi Shire Council is urging all community members to get involved in this year’s ABBC to help Bird Life Australia gather valuable data on the birds in our environment.

Council’s Environment Portfolio Councillor Karine Haslam said the ABBC is a fun and interesting activity that can be enjoyed no matter the COVID-19 restrictions in place in our area.

‘The movement and behaviour of our common backyard bird species give us an indication of the health of our natural environment – think of birds as a barometer for nature! Cr Haslam said.

‘That’s why each October, people in our communities count how many birds they see within 20-minutes in their backyard or local park. This provides a snapshot at the same time each year, allowing us to look at trends in our bird communities, and enabling you to make an important contribution to citizen science from your own home.

‘Last year, 217 Murrindindi Shire residents participated in the Bird Count. More than 13,000 birds of 134 different species were observed and recorded locally - what a fantastic effort!

‘And you don’t have to be an expert to get involved. You can use the ‘bird finder’ tool on the ABBC app and website to help you identify any birds you don’t recognise.

‘This is Council’s sixth year supporting the ABBC. Counting birds isn’t just a fun activity for you and the environment – spending time observing nature has been proven to provide benefits to mental health and well-being. Which we know is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic’, Cr Haslam added.

For more information and to register to be part of the nation’s largest annual citizen science event, please visit aussiebirdcount.org.au

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