The third annual bird survey around Malcolm Creek will take place during Bird Week with the Friends of Malcolm Creek and Grasslands, celebrating the wonderful diversity of birds found in Hume. Revegation works near the creek have been designed to provide habitat for small birds, and this annual survey will help determine if those birds are making a comeback into the neighbourhood.
Meet at 9am at the large wetland system on the corner of Centennial Park Drive and Windrock Avenue, Craigieburn (Melways 386 G5). Our walking surveys will take in the wetlands, grasslands, woodlands and creekline, following the footpath for about 3km. And if you needed another reason to come along, then there is a growing body of research that proves being out in nature is really good for your health and wellbeing. Bring your binoculars (Council will provide some to borrow) or your camera.
All of the birds observed are recorded as part of the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, with this national citizen science effort contributing important data to show how various bird populations are going across Australia. If you can't join us for this guided bird survey, then you could always download the free app and survey the birds in your own backyard or local creek or reserve.
Hume City Council, in partnership with the Craigieburn Camera Club, has created a beautiful bird field guide to help people identify birds, with tips to attract birds to your place and details about some of the best bird watching spots in Hume. Contact Council's Urban Biodiversity officer, Melissa Doherty, on 9205 2466 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request your free copy of the guide, or for more information about this event.