Call for citizen scientists to take up bird watching

Published: Thursday, 10 October 2019 at 2:43:05 PM

The arrival of warmer weather signals the start of spring and one of Australia’s largest citizen science projects, and Albany residents can now get involved.

The City of Albany in partnership with the Albany Bird Group have joined BirdLife Australia’s Backyard Bird Count running from October 21 to October 27 where residents have the ability to register, head outdoors and use the Aussie Bird Count app to record the amount of birds and bird species they see.

The app also includes a field guide bird search function to help users accurately identify what species of bird they have seen and instantly view live statistics from across Australia.

City of Albany Manager City Reserves Jacqui Freeman said that Aussie Backyard Bird Counts is a fun and interactive way to get to know more about birds in the local area, educate ourselves on potential new bird species and provide vital information on how our local birds are faring.

“Anyone can get involved, and just by downloading the app you have the ability to take part from anywhere, not just backyards but local parks, gardens, schoolyards or beaches,” she said.

“Spring means the birth of new birds and the data collected from the Aussie Backyard Bird Count will help us keep an eye on bird populations in Albany and ultimately, all over Australia."

Residents can register individually or in a group and there is no limit to the amount of counts that can be done over the week, as long as they are at least 20 minutes long.

An educational workshop on how to become an Aussie Backyard Bird Counter will be held by the Albany Bird Group at Lake Seppings car park on the corner of Lake Seppings Drive and Anzac Street on Monday, October 21 from 9am to 10:30am.

There will also be a Bird Walk at Lake Seppings on October 26 from 9am to 11am.

Registrations are now open to be part of Aussie Backyard Bird Count in Albany. Visit www.aussiebirdcount.org.au for all the details about the count and to register as an individual or group.

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