The Australian Bird Feeding and Watering Study is a citizen science initiative being conducted by researchers at Deakin University’s Centre for Integrative Ecology (Project leader Dr Gráinne Cleary) and Griffith University.
The study aims at looking on the interactions people have with birds in their own backyards, as this can have a huge impact on bird diversity and abundance. One of the most common ways people interact with birds is through providing food and water.
We are calling on residents across the country who are already feeding and watering birds in their backyards to monitor and record what they observe. According to Dr Cleary as of August 1, people are asked to monitor the birds’ behaviour for 20 minutes, three times a day for up to month. But they don’t have to complete the full task in order to contribute. You just do what you can in order to help collect this important data!
So hurry up and help us collect important data for our research. Registration is now open – click HERE to register.
More information can be found on:
- Deakin Media: Why do so many Australians love feeding wild birds? Deakin research hopes to find out
- ABC RN Afternoons: Bird bath bullies
- Sydney Morning Herald: Bird baths a vital resource: new study finds
- Citizen Sicence Database: The Australian Bird Feeding & Watering Study
- Channel 10’s Studio 10: Dr Cleary discusses the feeding & watering study