Ea­gle-eyed res­i­dents wanted for count

South Western Times - - News -

Dar­danup shire chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mark Ch­ester is urg­ing res­i­dents to take part in this year’s Aussie Back­yard Bird Count.

Birdlife Aus­tralia is ask­ing par­tic­i­pants to spend 20 min­utes out­doors in their gar­den or at a na­ture re­serve un­til Sun­day and record the num­ber and type of birds they see.

Mr Ch­ester said it was the first time the Dar­danup Shire Coun­cil had en­cour­aged peo­ple to take part in the pro­gram.

“It is an op­por­tu­nity to es­tab­lish what kind of birds are left in the habi­tat around the place,” he said.

“It has a two-fold ben­e­fit be­cause it gets peo­ple out and look­ing at the en­vi­ron­ment plus it also col­lects the data on the types of birds we have got in the area.

Mr Ch­ester said he was in­ter­ested in the re­sults of the count.

“There is al­ways an is­sue around the bal­ance be­tween the en­vi­ron­ment and the need for hous­ing,” he said.

“We are con­scious of the fact that if we are re­mov­ing the habi­tats then how many birds are we los­ing and what kind of birds are leav­ing? An ex­am­ple is when we moved into our of­fice in Ea­ton in 1998 there used to be a cou­ple of blue wrens hang­ing around there and I haven’t seen them for around 10 years.”

Res­i­dent Don Wass said he had seen a change in the bird pop­u­la­tion over the past 10 years.

“Ea­ton is a won­der­ful place for birds where you com­pare it to other dis­tricts around the place,” he said.

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www.aussiebird­count.org.au.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Dar­danup shire chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mark Ch­ester and en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist Don Wass pre­pare for the bird count.

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