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Male and female Superb Fairy Wrens. Picture by Richard Baxter.

Mount Alexander Shire residents are encouraged to participate in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count from 19 to 25 October.

Monday 13 October 2020

Mount Alexander Shire residents are encouraged to participate in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count from 19 to 25 October.

The annual event presented by BirdLife Australia, an independent bird conservation organisation, aims to get as many people as possible to record the number and species of birds in locations all over Australia at the same time each year.

To participate, download the Aussie Bird Count app, choose a location, and record the number of birds, including the species of each bird, within a 20 minute timeframe.

Mount Alexander Shire Council's Manager Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, Cath Olive said the count was an all-ages activity that can be done anywhere, even in your backyard!

“The #AussieBirdCount is a great way to connect with the birds no matter where you happen to be.”

“Take time out and get involved in the count from your garden, a local park, bushland or on the street,” said Ms Olive.

“You can count as many times as you like over the week, but each count needs to be completed over a 20-minute period.”

“Last year budding citizen scientists counted over three million birds during the event,” said Ms Olive.

Data from the bird count will be used by BirdLife Australia to help them understand more about the birds in the region.

Local data will be shared with Council, who will distribute the results with the Mount Alexander Shire community via Council’s website.

To register to be part of the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, or to find out more visit aussiebirdcount.org.au

Local birdwatching event – Birdwatching for Beginners
Castlemaine environment group Connecting Country are hosting a Birdwatching for Beginners event to coincide the National Bird Week.

The event aims to attract new bird watchers and bird survey volunteers, and get people out enjoying and exploring the natural assets of Central Victoria.

Birdwatching for Beginners is online and features a presentation from local bird lover and author of Castlemaine Bird Walks, Damian Kelly.

What: Birdwatching for Beginners
When: Saturday 17 October, 11.00am to 12.00pm
Where: Online
Register: www.trybooking.com (search for Birdwatching for Beginners – Theory Session).

Find out more here: www.aussiebirdcount.org.au

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