App to help count birds

App to help count birds

Bird lovers across the country are invited to take part in the citizen science project.

It aims to collect 100,000 records of bird life data through Birdlife Australia’s bird count app, featuring 400 Australian bird species.

Kingsley scientist Michael Bamford said the week-long event from October 20 to 26 was an exciting community project to be a part of.

‘Most research on birds is done by scientists, but there is a world-wide trend towards ‘citizen science’ ” projects where the data is collected by members of the general community,’ Dr Bamford said.

‘Birds are ideal subjects for citizen science as they are conspicuous, familiar to many people and good indicators of healthy environments.

‘So the idea behind the Aussie Backyard Bird Count is to get as many people as possible to record birds in their patch; back or front garden, local reserve, favourite picnic spot, anywhere really.’

Dr Bamford said this would be the first continent-wide bird survey of its type on the planet.

‘The data will give Birdlife Australia a snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds in environments where they are not usually surveyed and the environments they share with people,’ he said.

To download the official Bird Count app, visit www.