6 October 2015 Make Our Birds Count

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6 October 2015 Make Our Birds Count

Last year, Australia’s first-ever Aussie Backyard Bird Count confirmed that our backyards - in all their shapes and sizes - continue to attract a range of birds, giving us hope that even as the iconic Aussie backyard shrinks, many birds remain.

More than 800,000 birds spotted and many different species seen in backyards across the country. The national focus on birds is extremely important with data showing Australian backyards have been shrinking since the 1990s, and populations of some of our most familiar birds, such as Australian Magpies and Laughing Kookaburras, have also declined.

‘BirdLife Australia’ is hoping to build on the success and momentum of last year’s Aussie Backyard Bird Count, encouraging more people to get involved and count their local birds during Bird Week 2015, October 19-25.

If you’re an early bird, you can register your interest as a counter now at www.aussiebirdcount.org.au or join the #AussieBirdCount conversation on Twitter. To get involved all you need is 20 minutes, your ‘green patch’ of choice, and some keen eyesight or binoculars. Simply record the birds you know and look up those you don’t on BirdLife Australia’s updated Aussie Bird Count app (available for download now) or their website www.aussiebirdcount.org.au

Coffs Harbour’s own Regional Botanic Garden is also branching out this year for Bird Week by holding a number of events:

·         Thursday 22 Oct, 10.30am, Conference Room. Talk by Dr Greg Clancy on ‘The plight of the Black Neck Stork and how to grow a garden to attract birds’. Entry is free, but bookings are essential via sue.mcentyre@chcc.nsw.gov.au

·         Thursday 22 Oct, 1pm, Conference Room. Professor Gisela Kaplan talk on ‘Australian birds of prey including owls, local and elsewhere’. Entry is $5 and bookings are essential via sue.mcentyre@chcc.nsw.gov.au

·         Saturday, 24 Oct, 6am-11am. Council Biodiversity Officer Rachel Binskin will be available at the Garden Café to discuss your Bird Count findings, plus you can take part in a community count in the Garden. Free event.

You can also enjoy bird-related events at Coffs Harbour’s Regional Gallery during Bird Week:

·         Monday, 19 Oct, 10am-1.30pm, Regional Gallery. A feather drawing workshop hosted by Tablelands artist Pierette Romandi. Entry is $10 and participants should bring paper, pencils and a feather. Book a place by calling 6648 4863.

·         19-24 Oct, Regional Gallery. ‘Feather’ exhibition by local artist Ash Johnson. Plus enjoy a Bird Cage Soundscape Installation. Free entry.