by Birdlife Australia
Australia counts more than 4.6 million birds in 7 days!
In its seventh year, the Aussie Backyard Bird Count saw record-breaking numbers of people heading to their backyards and local green spaces to count their local birds. Together we counted more than 4.6 million birds across the nation, compared to 2019’s 3.4 million. The Aussie Backyard Bird Count is quickly becoming one of Australia’s biggest citizen science events and it’s an activity that attracts counters of all ages. From 19-25 October, a record number of young people took part in the count, with numbers of participating schools rising to more than 1,500.
“With so many of us forced to slow down during the COVID lockdown, we suddenly became aware that birds are all around us, no matter where they are,” said Sean, “and this interest has certainly flowed into the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, with record numbers of people taking part.”