Need help to count feathered friends in Spring census

VOLUNTEERS are needed to help count the feathered residents of Sydney Olympic Park during the 16th annual Spring Bird Census.

The census provides an annual snapshot of birds across the precinct to identify trends and changes in bird populations and has been carried out each year since 2004 by the Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA) in partnership with the Cumberland Bird Observers Club (CBOC).
The park has become both a home and a holiday destination for hundreds of different bird species.
Surveys are undertaken in teams, with volunteers assisted by experienced bird watchers from the CBOC, and volunteer Tony Dymond said there were plenty of benefits to helping out in the census including giving volunteers the chance to improve their birding skills.
“They may even see a rare one,” he said.
“It is also a great social occasion with lots of fun and an opportunity for networking.
“And most importantly, they have the personal satisfaction of knowing they are contributing data which helps to ensure the quality of the habitat, at the number one internationally-recognised birding location in the Sydney metropolitan area, is being maintained and improved.”
Training for volunteers will take place on Tuesday, September 10, with the first survey to occur a week later on September 17. In total, eight weekly surveys will be completed on Tuesday mornings from 7am-9am through until early-November.
For more information, contact SOPA parklands ecologist Jenny OMeara at or visit