McIvor Times

Become a citizen scientist in your backyard

-

Think you know your sparrows from your swallows and your rosellas from your ravens?

:K\ QRW JHW RXW LQWR QDWXUH OHDUQ DERXW wildlife in your area and contribute to Australia’s largest citizen science project by taking part in Birdlife

Australia’s Aussie Backyard Bird Count WKLV ZHHN 2FWREHU

Mitchell Shire Council has supported

WKLV HYHQW VLQFH ZLWK D WRWDO RI YROXQWHHUV FRXQWLQJ DQ LQFUHGLEOH

ELUGV LQ WKH SDVW ¿YH \HDUV

/DVW \HDU LQ 0LWFKHOO 6KLUH REVHUYHUV participat­ed in the bird count with over

ELUGV VSRWWHG DQG GL൵HUHQW ELUG species recorded.

The most common native birds spotted LQFOXGHG WKH 0DJSLH 6XOSKXU FUHVWHG FRFNDWRR 5HG ZDWWOH ELUG &ULPVRQ URVHOOD 1HZ +ROODQG KRQH\HDWHU $XVWUDOLDQ UDYHQ $XVWUDOLDQ :RRG GXFN *DODK DQG the Superb fairy-wren.

Threatened and near-threatened species recorded in the shire as part of the 2020 FRXQW LQFOXGHG WKH %URZQ WUHHFUHHSH­U 'LDPRQG ¿UHWDLO 0XVN GXFN *UH\ JRVKDZN %ODFN HDUHG FXFNRR :KLWH WKURDWHG QHHGOHWDLO $]XUH NLQJ¿VKHU +RRGHG URELQ /DWKDP¶V VQLSH DQG 1DQNHHQ night-heron.

Becoming a citizen scientist is easy. SimSO\ VSHQG PLQXWHV RXWVLGH DQ\ZKHUH you can count birds – whether that’s in \RXU EDFN\DUG ORFDO SDUN RU \RXU IDYRXU ite outdoor space (COVID-19 rules apply). Simply record what birds you see and submit the data to the Aussie Backyard Bird Count app or website. Head to https:// aussiebird­count.org.au/ or download the Aussie Bird Count app.

The results help BirdLife Australia develop an understand­ing of what local bird population­s are doing over time. To discover local parks and reserves to explore while you count birds go to www. mitchellsh­ire.vic.gov.au/parks

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia