The 2018 AFL Grand Final has become a ‘Battle of the Birds’, with thousands of Magpies and Eagles fans from across Australia expected to watch Collingwood play West Coast this Saturday live from the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
“While all eyes will be on the Magpies and Eagles this Saturday, we are looking forward to seeing which Australian birds top the count during the Aussie Backyard Bird Count from 22 October,” Mr Dooley said. “The Aussie Bird Count is the perfect activity to do with family and friends outdoors once the AFL season comes to an end.”
In 2017, Australian birdwatchers recorded more than 578 species, with the Rainbow Lorikeet, Noisy Miner and Australian Magpie remaining Australia’s most counted birds. The count saw more than 72,000 nature-loving Australians taking time out from their busy schedules to count more than 1.9 million birds.
Fans of the Eagles, Magpies and other Australian birds can download the Aussie Bird Count app (available from 1 October) and take part anywhere—not just backyards, but in local sports grounds, parks, botanical gardens, schoolyards or beaches—wherever you see birds.
The national total will be updated in real time, and the app allows you to see which species are being seen in your local area.
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