Twitch-athon is on

Twitchathon is on –  it's a race to see how many different species of birds can be spotted in 24 hours (or 12 hours, or three hours).
Twitchathon is on – it's a race to see how many different species of birds can be spotted in 24 hours (or 12 hours, or three hours).

October is the time when the birds are most active.

With the winter blues now a distant memory, the bush is alive with birdsong. It’s also the best time for birdwatchers (or ‘twitchers’) to be out and about.

To take advantage of all this action, BirdLife Australia’s annual Twitchathon – a race to see how many different species of birds can be spotted in 24 hours (or 12 hours, or three hours) – will take place this Saturday and Sunday, October 28-29.

Hundreds of birdwatchers across the country will head out into swamps, beaches, gardens and even sewage ponds to see as many different birds as they can, with each team vying for the coveted honour of being the state’s top twitchers, while raising much-needed funds for bird conservation at the same time.

“No matter where you are, you can see birds,” BirdLife Australia, Sean Dooley said.

“But different types of birds live in different habitats, so it’s a matter of going to as many places as you can to maximise the number of species that you’ll be able to see.

“The drought over the past few years has meant that in some areas plenty of inland birds have moved towards the coast, so all the teams are hoping to see a bumper crop of birds this year.

“It’s really good fun, but it has a serious side as well,” Sean said.

“Many of Australia’s birds are in trouble – the number of birds on the threatened species list has never been greater—and by taking part in the Twitchathon, we’re raising funds to help BirdLife Australia take direct action to protect the birds and the special habitats they live in.

“Across Australia state by state this year we’re raising money to save birds.

“The more we can raise the more effective our efforts will be,” Sean said.

To support a local or state team see all state causes here, https://www.birdlifetwitchathon.org.au/teams

About Birdlife Australia

BirdLife Australia is a relatively recent name change for our organisation.

It is the result of the merger of Birds Australia and Bird Observation and Conservation Australia (BOCA).

For more than 100 years, Birds Australia and BOCA have been powerful advocates for native birds and the conservation of their habitats.