Today marks the start of the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, an epic week of citizen science that turns every Aussie into a part-time twitcher. 

 

Hosted annually by Birdlife Australia, the Aussie Backyard Bird Count relies on people from all the corners of Aus, getting into their backyard, and having a sticky beak at what birdlife is around. 

It doesn’t matter where you live – city, suburbs, country – find a place close to home and point your eyes to the skies. It could be your actual backyard, your local park or beach, or the main street of town.

Hang out for 20 minutes, count the types and number of birds you spot and record it all down in the Aussie Bird Count app. The more 20 minute sessions you do the better, but even just one recording can help scientists understand the behaviour of birds in your area a little more. 

This hella cute video explains it all out. 

 

 

Last year Aussie citizens counted nearly 3.4 million birds in a week! The most commonly spotted bird was the Rainbow Lorikeet, with over 400,000 counted!

Every person who submits a bird count goes into the draw to win a bunch of prizes inspired by our feathered friends. 

You’ve got until Sunday to submit your count, get twitching! 

Wait, what the heck is citizen science?

Read more: Expedition Anywhere: Explore the World With Citizen Science

 

Feature photo by @liamhardyphoto