National Bird Week 22-28 October 2012
Who’s nesting where?
Every October, BirdLife Australia organises and promotes Bird Week with the goal of inspiring Australians to take action and get involved in bird conservation. For almost 100 years, October 28 has been designated ‘Bird Day’ across Australia.
Spring in Australia is the peak nesting and breeding time for many birds. So October is a great time to get out and see birds in action and learn more about how you can help them. This year, our focus is on the needs of nesting birds and the variety of nesting styles birds adopt as we celebrate Who’s nesting where?
During October and into November BirdLife Branches and Centres around Australia will host activities in their local region. Why not try a bushwalk, attend a talk or participate in a workshop? Get involved with bird habitat restoration or see a display in your tourist centre, library or community centre.
Best Nest Competition
The Best Nest competition is on! Participants, of all ages, can vote for their favourite nest by leaving a comment on our website here. Or you can Like us on Facebook, and let us know which is your favourite of our feathered friend's nests to go in the running for some cool prizes.
All entries go into a draw to win fantastic birding prizes, like the latest field guide from Pizzey & Knight, beautiful ornithological books, and On a Wing and Prayer DVDs.
Entries must include the following contact details: Full name and email address so prize winners can be notified. Only one entry per person.
There’s nothing to lose and so much to gain?
Competition closes Friday 16 November 2012. Winners will be notified by 1 December 2012.
Bird Week sends students back in time to mark 100 years since a 13-year-old boy’s historic birding excursion
During Bird Week 2012, students from Victoria’s Koo Wee Rup Secondary College, and other schools in the Western Port Biosphere, will mark the 100th anniversary of a local bird survey undertaken in 1912 by 13-year-old Harewood Lyall. The students will compete to reproduce Harewood’s list of 43 bird species as part of a competition run by the Western Port Biosphere and BirdLife Australia. In the process, the students will increase their awareness of local birdlife and provide a comparative assessment of the current-day health of the area’s bird populations. For more information or to enter the Western Port Biosphere bird search visit www.biosphere.org.au/birdsearch/index.html