Bird Life - Birds in backyards

24th June 2020
Birds in Backyards Winter surveys are open now! These seasonal surveys tell us how our birds are faring, how they use our urban landscapes and how people affect them.

Birds in Backyards is a research, education and conservation program of BirdLife Australia that is focused on the birds that live where people live. Established more than 20 years ago, the Bird in Backyards program is a national science-based community participation program with more than 43,000 eNews subscribers.
The website is a gateway to our citizen science projects, birding resources, articles and information about bird-friendly gardening. It aims to not only encourage people to enjoy birds, but to create habitat for them too. https://www.birdsinbackyards.net/

Looking for ways to increase your participation in backyard citizen science?

BirdLife Australia’s Birds in Backyards surveys are a great way for residents to enjoy birding at home and contribute to a national citizen science initiative.

Birds in Backyards Winter surveys are open now! These seasonal surveys tell us how our birds are faring, how they use our urban landscapes and how people affect them. This email outlines how you and your residents can get involved.

follow Birdlife at:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BirdsinBackyards
Twitter: @UrbanBirdsOz
Instagram: @birdsinbackyards

And stay in touch via birdsinbackyards@birdlife.org.au

Get more out of birding at home -

  • join the ‘Birding at Home’ movement! Birding at home has escalated across Australia in the past few months and provides a strong foundation for ongoing and extended connection of people with the birds they share their space with. Birds in Backyards is the next step for residents that have discovered the joy of birding from home.
  • Birds in Backyards is supported by the Birdata survey tool, available online or as an app, and a range of user-friendly resources to help residents learn about their local birds and conduct regular backyard bird surveys. Although bird observations can be recorded anytime, residents are encouraged to conduct 20-minute seasonal surveys. Survey methods suit any ‘backyard’, including balconies and patios, and can even be undertaken from a window!
  • Many residents already participate in BirdLife Australia’s annual Aussie Backyard Bird Count, held each October. Birds in Backyards surveys are a great way for residents to stay connected with birds throughout the whole year.

Help reap the benefits of birdwatching:
Participating in Birds in Backyards surveys brings many benefits:

  • Sights and sounds – observing and hearing birds brings simple, instant joy.
  • Brain food – learning about birds and the plants that attract them is good for the brain.
  • Time out – connection with the natural world improves mental health and wellbeing.
  • New skills - listening and observation skills are developed when surveying birds.
  • All ages – anyone can participate in surveys, the more people the merrier!
  • Anywhere, anytime – surveys can be done whenever and wherever you like.
  • Seasons – quarterly surveys increase understanding of the bird and plant changes that different seasons bring.
  • Community – bird surveys are undertaken by a large community of citizen scientists with many options for online connection with others.

Harness the benefits of increased birding in the community
Increasing resident participation in Birds in Backyards surveys has many benefits:

  • Building resilience across communities via improved mental wellbeing.
  • Increasing interaction between residents and the natural world including creation of biodiversity-friendly habitat.
  • Raising awareness of the natural resources within the LGA.
  • Fostering participation in, and understanding of, citizen science.
  • Alignment with Council community, health, biodiversity, and sustainability targets.
  • Generation of scientifically derived data - 
    --Bird species, abundance, breeding activity, interactions,
    --Backyard vegetation (e.g. shrub cover and floristic composition),
    --Feeding behaviour – what people are feeding birds and how often,
    --Animal management – what companion animals are sharing their space with birds and how often
  • Increased availability of data – seasonal survey data, coupled with data from Aussie Backyard Bird Count extends data available for planning and decision making.

For further information,  please contact us at birdsinbackyards@birdlife.org.au