National Bird Week: 5 fun free ways to get involved

From breakfast with the birds to the backyard bird count, there’s lots of fun for everyone.

Log in and look up for the Aussie backyard bird count: 22 to 28 October.

It only takes 20 minutes to join the Aussie backyard bird count, and you don’t even need a backyard! You can count on your balcony, at the park or on the way to school or work.

Just download the bird count app and watch this short video. You might even spot a rare powerful owl or boobook owl. The data helps us understand more about birds that live near people and the health of our environment.

A great egret catches a snack for breakfast. Image: Jon Irvine

Breakfast with the birds – Sydney Park, Sunday 28 October, 8am–10am

Grab the family and join our environmentalist for an early morning walk in Sydney Park. Renee Ferster Levy will guide you through the wetlands to spot some of the beautiful birds that call this park home.

Renee is a passionate environmental educator who’s been with Bird Life Australia since 2006. She knows a lot about birds in Sydney and how we can help look after their natural habitat. Suited to kids over 8 years.

A rare powerful owl having an afternoon nap.

Wildlife walk by night – Sydney Park, Friday 26 October, 7.30pm to 9pm

Put on a head torch or grab a spotlight for this night time adventure to find nocturnal birds in Sydney Park. You’ll join Tom Covell as you keep a look out for birds and animals, and listen for their calls. Sydney Park is home to a surprising number of urban critters. All ages are welcome.

A New Holland honey eater admires his lunch.

Create habitat for urban wildlife in your backyard – free talk – Saturday 20 October, 10am to 11.30am

Find out how to attract birds, insects and wildlife to your backyard or outdoor space. Join our expert tutor Judy Christie from Birdlife Australia and learn how to provide food, shelter and homes for birds, bees, butterflies and other wildlife. All ages are welcome.

A superb fairy wren listens out for his mate. Image: Nevil Lazarus

Guided walk and talk of Habitat Demonstration Garden – Saturday 27 October, 10am to 11.30am

Come along and join local expert Judy Christie for a morning of exploring the Habitat Demonstration Garden in Glebe.

You’ll pick up tips on how to apply habitat creation principles in your garden. You’ll also learn about the design features included in this demonstration garden to attract local wildlife. All ages are welcome.

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