The Australian Bird Feeding and Watering Study is happening once again. I missed week one, but there are three more weeks to participate in this citizen science event.
The researchers at Deakin University & Griffith University want to know “what species are attracted to these resources and why people like to provide them. Most importantly we need to understand the ecological and behavioural effects of bird feeding as almost all information from other countries regarding bird feeding simply does not apply here. We acknowledge that feeding of wild birds is an important activity for large numbers of people and that the practice may be a significant way for many to connect with nature.”
The ultimate aim of the research is to “develop purpose guidelines for people who feed birds to do so with minimum risk to birds.”
You don’t need to commit to the whole period, though you can if interested. You are asked to observe the water/food source for 20-minutes a day & report your observations on the Citizen Science website.
- Monday 6th – Sunday 12th February 2017
- Monday 13th – Sunday 19th February 2017
- Monday 20th – Sunday 26th February 2017
To participate you need to sign up here – https://csdb.org.au/Account/Sign-Up.aspx