National Parks Association of New South Wales in partnership with Bird Life’s Birds in Backyards and The University of Sydney are asking this question! “We want to know what birds are using bird baths and how our gardening habits influence what birds use baths” said Dr Gráinne Cleary, Bathing Birds project coordinator for the National Parks Association. “Similar to the Great Koala Count we ran last November, we are harnessing the power of citizen science to aid conservation and this time we are doing it with birds”
“One of the most enjoyable aspects of being in the garden is sharing it with the local wildlife, especially the birds,” said Holly Parsons, Manager of BirdLife Australia’s Birds in Backyards program. “People often put out food and water for the birds to enjoy, and bird baths are one of the most common features in bird-friendly gardens.”
“However, despite their popularity, we really don't know much about which birds are visiting people’s bird baths,” she added, “and we want to find out.”
You can help by being a part of 'Bathing Birds'. All you need is to
- complete a short questionnaire about your garden and its bird bath, and
- watch your bird bath for 20 minutes at least once a week for up to 4 weeks.
“It’s that simple. You can even do it looking out the kitchen window with a cup of tea!” said Dr. Cleary. “Bathing birds offers a great way to get connected with the birds that share your neighbourhood and help further our knowledge about the birds at the same time.”
The project runs from 27 June to 27 July. Go to www.bathingbirds.org.au to find out more and to register.
Media Contact Grainne Cleary, Bathing Birds Project Coordinator, National Parks Association of NSW
Holly Parson, Birds in Backyards Program Manager, BirdLife Australia
More Information www.bathingbirds.org.au