This week, some of our Eco-Warriors from Nightcliff Primary School have taken part in the National Backyard Bird Count. The data collected in this annual Citizen Science event assists BirdLife Australia in understanding more about the birds that live in urbanised areas.
Our Eco Warriors went out (in the stifling heat) each day to observe and record bird species. The data showed that we have a broad range of species living on the grounds of Nightcliff Primary School, with a total of 21 species recorded throughout the week.
With the exception of the migratory Magpie Goose, of which we spotted 44 individuals, our most abundant species was the Blue-Faced Honeyeater. Other species that were seen include the Australasian Figbird, Bar-Shouldered Dove, Brown Honeyeater and Square-Tailed Kite. Students used binoculars to observe unique features of the birds and books and computers to assist in the identification of different species.
There are now more than 51.000 schools in 67 countries involved in the Eco Schools program! Keep Australia Beautiful Council NT encourages any school interested to inquire as there is absolutely no cost for being part of this global initiative.
For more information about the Eco Schools Program and how you could benefit your community, read our page here.
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