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For the Love of Birds

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  • Sydney Town Hall
    483 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

A major upside to the pandemic has been a falling back in love with the natural world as people, confined to their homes, see their local landscapes through reinvigorated eyes. Birdwatching, and the citizen science of the backyard bird count, is booming.

So close, yet so far, these enigmatic creatures inspire the awe and affection of fans, who passionately lobby for their bird of the year and diligently record millions of informational gems in birdwatching apps.

But the news is not all good. As scientists and amateurs document worrying declines in bird populations, from climate change and development, there’s never been a more vital time to talk about what birds mean to us and what we can do to protect them.

Join this lively panel discussion, hosted by Dr Ann Jones, presenter of the ABC’s What the Duck?!, in conversation with ecologist Prof Richard Kingsford; writer and birdwatcher Sean Dooley; and bestselling author Charlotte McConaghy, and you’ll certainly be among friends. Find out why people love birds so much, how this love grew during the pandemic and why taking action to protect birds is more important than ever.

This event is presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and UNSW Science as part of National Science Week and Sydney Science Festival. See the full UNSW program.

Location Information

Sydney Town Hall is easily accessible via public transport. Buses and trains travel direct to Sydney Town Hall. For trip planning, maps and ticket info visit or call 131 500. There is limited street parking in the CBD. Patrons should use the car parking available at a number of parking stations close by. See the location of these and other car parks in the city by downloading City Car Park Locations PDF. For additional transport info to Sydney Town Hall visit their website.