Aussie birds need you!

Gippslanders are encouraged to download the Aussie Bird Count app and record their backyard bird sightings between 19 and 25 October.

West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority Waterways Project Officer, Tanya Cowell, said BirdLife Australia is an important partner in the Corner Inlet Connections Project.

“A lot of the work we’re doing in Corner Inlet aims to help provide better habitat for local and migratory shorebirds,” explained Tanya. “BirdLife Australia come to various sites to  complete monitoring to help us quantify the results of this work.

“BirdLife Australia is now looking for support for their Aussie Backyard Bird Count, which is a simple way to contribute to citizen science.”

The #AussieBirdCount is a great way to connect with the birds in your backyard no matter where your backyard happens to be — a suburban backyard, a local park, a patch of forest, down by the beach, or the main street of town.

You can count as many times as you like over the week, we just ask that each count is completed over a 20-minute period. The data collected assists BirdLife Australia in understanding more about the birds that live where people live.

Last year’s Aussie Backyard Bird Count saw nearly 3.4 million birds counted across Australia – the most counted bird was the Rainbow Lorikeet which was counted more than 400,000 times.

“Birds are a great indicator of local habitat,” continued Tanya. “That’s why bird monitoring is an important part of natural resource management work.

“We’re so lucky to have a Ramsar listed site right here on our doorstep in Corner Inlet and there are small things we can all do to help protect it. Participating in this citizen science project is one of them.”

The Corner Inlet Connections project is supported by the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

Work in Corner Inlet this year aims to protect saltmarsh, reduce the invasive weed Spartina and control foxes to ensure safe habitat for birds.

For more information about the Aussie Backyard Bird Count go to aussiebirdcount.org.au. For more information about the Corner Inlet Connections project go to wgcma.vic.gov.au.

 

Published on 14 October 2020

The Rainbow Lorikeet was the most counted backyard bird in 2019. This photo is by Andrew Silcocks