From Monday 19 October marks start of the week-long Aussie Backyard Bird Count.
Participants can download the free Aussie Bird Count app, walk outside and look to the sky, the trees, the ground and the water - and start counting. So, what are you waiting for?
You can take part anywhere – your backyard, local park, botanical gardens, or schoolyard - wherever you might see birds. And you can submit as many 20-minute counts as you like.
Environmental Strategies Officer Wendy Neilan is supporting the Aussie Backyard Bird Count and encourages everyone to get involved.
"It’s a great way to connect with nature, get some exercise and learn what birds are in your neighbourhood. Don’t worry if you don’t know all the birds as the app includes a field guide.
She added it is a wonderful family activity that contributes to our nationwide understanding of how birds are going.
“We are lucky to live in such a biodiverse part of Australia with so many opportunities to see native birds in their natural habitats, including our own backyards," she said.
Last year was the first time Lismore City Council supported the count and the response from the community was amazing, Ms Neilan said.
“There were more bird counts submitted from the 2480 postcode than compared with neighbouring postcodes. In Lismore LGA, people counted 20,395 birds representing 217 species. That represents over three-quarters of the species known to occur here.”
For those who don’t have a “smart” device or prefer to submit their counts later, there is a printable form available at www.aussiebirdcount.org.au. School materials can also be found there.
This annual Birdlife Australia citizen science event runs from 19 October to 25 October.