Become a citizen scientist by looking to the skies in your own backyard
Think you know your sparrows from your swallows or your rosellas from your ravens?
Put your bird knowledge to the test by taking part in this year’s Aussie Backyard Bird Count from 22-28 October, a national campaign which aims to count more than 2 million birds in seven days.
Becoming a citizen scientist is easy, simply spend 20 minutes outside - whether it is in a backyard, farm, at school or a local park or reserve - record what birds you see and submit the data to the Aussie Backyard Bird Count app or website.
To get the community in the bird-watching spirit, Council has teamed up with the Seymour Bushland Park Committee of Management to bring renowned wildlife ecologist and nature photographer Chris Tzaros to town for a community bird watching event from 10am on Sunday 7 October.
Meanwhile, Council’s libraries will be running bird-themed storytime and craft activities and will be handing out free copies of the booklet, Birds of the Lower King Parrot Creek, to help with bird identification.
Bird house decorating workshops will be held from 2-3pm at:
- Broadford Library, Monday 1 October
- Wallan Library, Tuesday 2 October
- Seymour Library, Thursday 4 October
- Kilmore Library, Friday 5 October
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said there were dozens of bird species that could be found in Mitchell and the count had wide ranging benefits.
“There are so many fantastic native birds which call Mitchell home, and we’re also very fortunate to have some lovely parks and bush reserves such as Seymour Bushland Park, Monument Hill Reserve in Kilmore, Colin Officer Flora Reserve in Broadford and Taylors Creek Reserve in Wallan where people can go to spot birds,” Cr Sanderson said.
“But you don’t even have to venture far from home to take part – many of these birds can be spotted around your own backyards.
“Last year, we had 110 people join in the count, with 4777 individual birds spotted during the week, including 134 species.
“The count is a fantastic way for us to find out more about what birds are in Mitchell Shire and how the bird populations are changing over time.”
For more details or to take part, visit www.aussiebirdcount.org.au or join the conversation on social media using #AussieBirdCount.
To attend the bird watching event at Seymour Bushland Park, please RSVP by calling 0428 339 989.