Kick start your National Bird Week with our Local Bird Discovery event

Press Release | 12 October 2017

The community is invited to kick-start National Bird Week with a free event, Local Bird Discovery, from 2pm to 4pm, Saturday 21 October, at the Glen Iris Wetlands.

The event will prepare attendees for the upcoming count, sharing tips for identifying local species. Attendees will also take a tour of biodiversity and bird hot-spot, Glen Iris Wetlands with the experts from BirdLife Australia and learn about creating habitat for birds in their backyard.

Register for this event by visiting stonnington.vic.gov.au/environmentalevents

The City of Stonnington Mayor, Cr Jami Klisaris, said “the City of Stonnington is proud to support Birdlife Australia’s Aussie Backyard Bird Count and help count 1.5 million birds in seven days.”

“The City of Stonnington is encouraging all residents to take part in BirdLife Australia’s Aussie Backyard Bird Count from 23 to 29 October and help discover which birds share our local backyards and outdoor spaces,” Mayor Cr Klisaris said.

Homeowners, renters and visitors, with and without backyards, are encouraged to become citizen scientists for the week and join BirdLife Australia in counting 1.5 million birds over the week.

“With exceptional avifauna on offer in our local area, you might like to head along to one of our great local bird watching spots, Glen Iris Wetlands or the urban forest in Malvern East, to take part in the count,” added Mayor Cr Klisaris.

Once counts have been submitted, locals will be able to see the number of birds and species being counted nearby and right across Australia, with real-time updates on the Aussie Backyard Bird Count App and website.

Taking part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count takes about 20 minutes. Download the Aussie Bird Count App or visit aussiebirdcount.org.au

For enquiries about National Bird Week or the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, email birdweek@thecword.com.au or call 0428 300 090