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Bring binoculars for date with feathered friends

EnviroCollective CDU members
EnviroCollective CDU members Brittany Hayward-Brown and Justin Bott prepare for the Backyard Bird Count.

The environment student group EnviroCollective CDU is inviting students, staff and the public to participate in a citizen science project to discover the diversity of bird species on Casuarina campus, as part of the Aussie Backyard Bird Count.

EnviroCollective CDU President Brittany Hayward-Brown said the count would cater to beginners and experienced birders alike and had been organised in partnership with Birdlife Top End as part of National Bird Week celebrations.

“The focus will be on an important patch of remnant bushland in the area behind Building Yellow 2, between the campus and the coastal reserve,” Brittany said.

“We will teach people how to identify, and survey birds using the Aussie Backyard Bird Count app and then we’ll embark on a guided walk through the bushland with some local experts.

“We expect to see a broad range of bird life including curlews, finches, mistletoe birds, lorikeets, honeyeaters, red-tail black cockatoos and others.

“Participants in National Bird Week activities across Australia contribute to a pool of data that keeps track of the nation’s 800-plus bird species.”

Brittany said the bushland was of high conservational and community significance.

“A black footed tree rat was spotted there recently for the first time since 2016,” she said. “A lot of native wildlife, such as possums, bandicoots and dingoes also frequent the area.”

The two-hour activity will be held this Saturday 24 October from 8.30am and will be followed by breakfast. Those interested are required to register at W: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/backyard-bird-count-with-birdlife-top-end-tickets-123296927429