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Eagle eyes needed for urban bird adventures

Kids are invited to bring their binoculars and join a special bird spotting tour in Sydney Park in October 2017.

Organised by the City of Sydney, Bird Spotting for Kids is one of several local events for National Bird Week 2017, encouraging people to look for birds in their backyard, local park or favourite outdoor space.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the event is a great opportunity for young nature lovers to get outside and explore their local area.

“Sydney Park is a wilderness success story, transformed from a former wasteland to an award winning park that’s become one of Sydney’s best bird watching destinations,” the Lord Mayor said.

“I encourage young explorers to join our special kids bird hunt and learn how to look and listen for some of the unique bird species that call Sydney home.”

Kids will learn how to be a ‘twitcher’ or birdwatcher and pick up interesting facts on the walking tour, led by environmental educator Renee Ferster Levy who has been running kid’s birding tours for more than a decade.

Bigger birdwatching fans can also get involved in several events for people of all ages, including a free breakfast with the birds, a gardening for birds workshop with a free plant giveaway and nature photography class.

Recent bird sightings in Sydney include majestic and unusual birds like the nocturnal tawny frogmouth and even peregrine falcons.

The City of Sydney’s Urban Ecology Coordinator, Sophie Golding, said the events are a great opportunity to stop, sky-gaze and enjoy our flying friends.

“Birds aren’t just lovely to look at, they’re also really important for healthy neighbourhoods because they pollinate plants, disperse seeds and recycle nutrients back into local gardens,” said Ms Golding.

“Birds are a great indicator of the health of the environment. If they are in trouble, it’s a sign we need to sit up and pay attention. The more we learn about these beautiful creatures, the more we understand what needs to be done to conserve them.”

National Bird Week City of Sydney events:

Breakfast with the birds
When: Wednesday, 25 October 2017
Time: 7:30am–9am
Location: Sydney Park, St Peters
Equipment: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Breakfast provided.
Cost: Free
Bookings: Essential via: eventbrite.com.au/e/breakfast-with-the-birds

Gardening for local birds and free plant giveaway
When: Wednesday, 25 October 2017
Time: 10am–midday
Location: Redfern Community Hall, Redfern
Cost: Free
Bookings: Essential via: eventbrite.com.au/e/getting-to-know-your-local-birds-and-free-plant-giveaway

Urban nature and birdlife photography
When: Saturday, 28 October 2017
Time: 8:30am–11:30am
Location: Sydney Park, St Peters
Equipment: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your own camera. Light refreshments provided.
Cost: $20 adult, $15 concession
Bookings: Essential via: whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/urban-nature-and-birdlife-photography

Kids go birding
When: Sunday, 29 October 2017
Time: 9am–11am
For: 8–12 year olds
Location: Wetlands, Sydney Park, St Peters
Cost: Free
Bookings: Essential via: eventbrite.com.au/e/kids-go-birding-tour

National Bird Week 2017 runs Monday 23 October to Sunday 29 October 2017.

Source: City of Sydney

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