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          By joining the biggest community of bird lovers in Australia, you can help us make a positive impact on the future of our native birdlife. The members of BirdLife Australia, along with our supporters and partners, have been powerful advocates for native birds and the conservation of their habitats since 1901.

          We are also the meeting ground for everyone with an interest in birds from the curious backyard observer to the dedicated research scientist. It doesn’t matter what your interest in birds is or how much you know about them, your membership will offer you the opportunity to increase your awareness and enjoyment.

          Birdlife Australia would be delighted to welcome you as a new member and we look forward to sharing our news and achievements with you throughout the coming year.

          Conservation is at the heart of everything we do

          With specialised knowledge and the commitment of an Australian-wide network of volunteers and supporters we are creating a bright future for Australia's birds.



          Migratory Shorebirds

          Migratory shorebirds undertake the longest known migration of any species, flying the length of the East Asian Australasian Flyway from Australian shores to the Arctic Circle to breed each year.  Destruction and degradation of their wetland and intertidal habitats means migratory shorebirds have experienced population declines of up to 80% over the last 30 years. BirdLife Australia’s Migratory Shorebirds Program aims at improving the protection of our shorebirds. BirdLife Australia’s Conservation Action Plan (CAP) for Migratory Shorebirds brings together national and flyway-wide partners including federal, state and local governments, universities, NGOs and volunteer groups to coordinate and implement a flyway-wide response to the extinction crisis.

          BirdLife’s Broome Bird Observatory and Australasian Wader Studies Group are key partners in the delivery of the Program


          Threatened Beach-nesting Birds

          Resident shorebirds and migratory seabirds breeding on Australian beaches face a range of coastal threats, including human impacts, weeds and pest animals. BirdLife Australia’s program educates communities and beach users, advocates for policy that promotes balanced recreation in these habitats, addresses beach disturbance threats, and analyses complex data across sites so that targeted interventions can help improve breeding conditions for sensitive beach-nesting species — like the threatened Hooded Plover, whose breeding success rates have improved from two to 55 per cent.

          Volunteer groups around the country work tirelessly with the BirdLife Australia team, from raising awareness among beach and shoreline users and protecting breeding sites to capturing complex data at each site which helps the team identify emerging threats and find new ways of helping to improve breeding success.


          Threatened Woodland Birds

          The temperate woodlands of south-eastern Australia are severely fragmented and degraded by historical and ongoing clearing and other damaging activities. Climate change and its associated effects exacerbate the impact of these habitat losses. As a result, woodland bird populations are continuing to experience rapid decline within this region, with more than 40 species threatened with extinction. Building on a range of targeted projects, BirdLife Australia’s Woodland Birds Program is developing a landscape-scale Conservation Action Plan (CAP) for threatened woodland birds in south-eastern Australia. The CAP brings together experts in ecology and species recovery, government bodies and environmental NGOs to implement actions to halt and reverse the decline of woodland birds.

          Projects currently undertaken by the Woodland Birds Program to support the implementation of the CAP include: a range of activities associated with the critically endangered Swift Parrot and Regent Honeyeater (including biannual monitoring); the south-eastern Red-tailed Black-cockatoo project; and the Birds on Farms citizen-science monitoring projects across Victoria and part of NSW. BirdLife Australia’s Clarkesdale Sanctuary is to be the main research and education centre for the Woodland Bird CAP.


          Threatened Mallee Birds

          Tackling threats that operate right across the Murray–Mallee is vital to reducing the risk of extinction for birds like the Mallee Emu-wren. Implementing a Conservation Action Plan (CAP) with partners is achieving significant progress towards reducing risks for mallee birds through revegetation projects, fire ecology research, improved fire management, captive breeding and translocation.

          BirdLife Australia’s Gluepot Reserve is the research and education centre for the Threatened Mallee Bird Program, providing protected habitat for the Black-eared Miner and other birds in the region.


          Key Biodiversity Areas

          Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) sustain the most important sites for nature around the globe. Australia is home to over 300 of these irreplaceable sites — including some of Australia’s most iconic and most loved places such as the Blue Mountains, Kakadu and Christmas Island. Of these KBAs, 19 are in immediate danger of losing the threatened species that rely on them. BirdLife Australia’s Key Biodiversity Areas Program is constantly managing threats at sites. KBA Guardians and local volunteers work with BirdLife Australia to engage land managers, indigenous partners, government and other stakeholders to monitor, manage and advocate for Australia’s most important sites for nature.


          Preventing Extinctions

          Many of Australia’s most endangered bird species are flying under the radar of conservation efforts, with eight of the 20 birds most likely to go extinct in the next 20 years currently receiving little conservation attention. BirdLife Australia’s Preventing Extinctions Program aims to improve the conservation status of these birds through emergency interventions.

          BirdLife Australia plays a leading role in the Places You Love Alliance, campaigning for stronger national environment laws and policies to protect threatened birds and their habitats.


          Threatened Wetland Birds

          Wetland loss, irrigation and degradation are the greatest immediate threats to wetland birds in Australia, such as the Australasian Bittern and Australian Painted Snipe.

          Wetland management is also crucial to maintain the mainland distribution of Orange-bellied Parrot.

          BirdLife Australia works with land managers on-site management practices to improve the health of inland and coastal wetlands and advocates against inappropriate developments.


          Threatened Seabirds

          BirdLife Australia’s Seabird Program supports research to improve the conservation status of albatrosses and other seabirds. This includes developing and testing underwater bait-setting devices to mitigate seabird bycatch, advocating for controls over longline-fishing practices and supporting professional development for young seabird scientists.

          The Australasian Seabird Group promotes seabird research and conservation in our region. Activities include publication of a bulletin and other seabird material, symposia focusing on issues affecting seabirds, provision of expert opinion and co-ordination of seabird surveys. 


          Threatened Black-Cockatoos (south-western Australia)

          Baudin’s Black-Cockatoo, Carnaby’s Back-Cockatoo and the Forest Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo are all listed as threatened under both state and federal legislation. BirdLife Australia works with local communities, landholders and land managers to secure the protection and conservation of black-cockatoos throughout south-western Australia. Practical recovery actions include restoration of priority remnant vegetation, fencing, controlling weeds and competitors, and protecting nesting sites.


          Urban Birds

          Integrating urban design and biodiversity can improve urban habitat for native birds in our urban spaces, including threatened species such as the Powerful Owl.

          Building on BirdLife Australia’s two decades of national monitoring and education by the Birds in Backyards project, and data gathered in the annual Aussie Backyard Bird Count, the Urban Birds Conservation Action Plan (CAP) is bringing together partners including architects, urban planners, developers, local government, academics, educators and conservation organisations to improve urban biodiversity.


          State of Australia’s Birds

          The State of Australia’s Birds (SOaB) project conducts large-scale environmental reporting, using birds as indicators of environmental health. This quantitative reporting method enables projects to demonstrate conservation outcomes and their direct impact on birds, and acts as an early-warning system for broad-scale changes in our environment, reflected by changes in native bird populations.

          The Birdata website and app allow citizen scientists to enter their bird observations and make their data available for bird conservation. This information is available to any group seeking evidence to illustrate the conservation impact of their projects.


          Science Program

          Since its foundation in 1901, BirdLife Australia’s conservation programs and policies have been underpinned by science, with advice from the Research and Conservation Committee. Our science publications include Emu – Austral Ornithology and Australian Field Ornithology on-line. BirdLife Australia also hosts the Australasian Ornithological Conference (AOC) in conjunction with Birds New Zealand.