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According to recent research from the University of Queensland, University of Exeter and the British Trust for Ornithology, people living in neighbourhoods with sizeable bird populations are less likely to experience anxiety, stress or depression.

This is good news for Boroondara residents, who share their local parks and gardens with a myriad of feathered neighbours. In fact, last year’s Aussie Backyard Bird Count revealed that Boroondara is home to more than 80 species of birds, ranging from tiny wrens to large birds of prey.

And now it’s time to start counting all over again.

The 2017 Aussie Backyard Bird Count needs your help surveying the birds of Boroondara once more. Part of BirdLife Australia's National Bird Week celebration (Monday 23 October to Sunday 29 October), this annual survey provides an opportunity for everyone—school children, retirees, families and community groups—to contribute to an important nationwide research project.

The results from the Aussie Backyard Bird Count are crucial to BirdLife Australia, increasing its understanding of the native birds that share our suburbs.

Bird-watching made easy

No experience or ornithological knowledge is necessary: the great Aussie Bird Count mobile phone app makes it easy to identify birds and record them.

But if you’d like to brush up beforehand, we are holding an introductory bird-watching workshop on Saturday 21 October, to mark the launch of National Bird Week in Boroondara.

City of Boroondara is a supporter of Birdweek and the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, and encourages everyone to get involved. Let’s keep Boroondara bird-friendly!

Photo by: Ian Moodie