Report a Regent this Spring to win!
Our Spring Birdwatching Competition is back - this year we are focusing on the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater!
We need citizen scientists to monitor our most vulnerable birds, in fact all birds, as populations continue to decline across our region. Help us to understand how they are coping by monitoring the birds on your farm, in your backyard or favourite bird watching spot –within the current stay-at-home restrictions.
This competition celebrates Threatened Species Day (Tuesday, 7 September 2021), and aims to shine the spotlight on some of the threatened bird species found in the Central West region with a special focus on the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater.
About Regent Honeyeaters
Regent Honeyeaters are likely to be on the move through our flowering woodlands and do stop by farms, reserves or even your backyard chasing flowering trees. In the Central West area, look for their favourite flowering trees White Box, Yellow Box, Mugga Ironbark and River Sheoak. In River Sheoak they feed on the flowering mistletoe and often use these trees for nesting. With less than 400 individuals remaining, every sighting is critical.
Did you know private land is where experts find nearly two-thirds of all Regent Honeyeaters - could they be on your property? Could they be in your favourite birdwatching spot or reserve?
Look for them in mature flowering eucalypts (Box or Ironbark) or large mature River She-oaks, especially any of these trees with native mistletoe growing on them, the perfect Regent snack!
Check this Regent Honeyeater ID fact sheet for key markings and "look-a-like" species, and banding information.
How to enter
In order to receive a bird-related prize, you will need to:
- Register below to enter the competition, and
- Submit a minimum of 1 x 20 minute survey through Birdata (via the website or app) to be in with a chance to win a set of HD binoculars! Note: Each survey will need to be submitted, and shared with LLS via the Birdata app or website to be eligible for the prize draw.
Please register below to enter the competition any time before Sunday, 17 October 2021.
You will be sent an email (or via the post if preferred) with a bird-watching kit and entry guidelines (and other supporting info). A quiz and form will be sent later in the competition for you to complete and send back to complete your entry.
Fill out this form to register for the competition
Image credit: Dean Ingwersen
This project is supported by Central West Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.