Keen NSW birdwatchers will be flocking to the great outdoors on Saturday as part of a global birdwatching competition and citizen science project.

Environment Minister James Griffin said for the first time, the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Environment and Heritage Group has registered a team in the Global Big Day, which will be vying for a top spot on the international leader board.

“This is like the Olympics of bird watching. It’s the biggest day for birdwatching around the world and Team NSW National Parks will be out in force to spot as many native birds as possible,” Mr Griffin said.

“Our keen twitchers will be on the ground in many of our 889 magnificent national parks and reserves around the state, from Sturt to Dorrigo and North Head in Manly.

“Within 24 hours, they’ll be aiming to count as many of the almost 400 native bird species that call our NSW national parks home, including lyrebirds, emus, satin bowerbirds and rockwarblers, which are only found in NSW.

“This is a fantastic global event because it encourages people to spread their wings and get out into nature while also contributing to a global citizen science project that supports biodiversity.”

From midnight on Saturday 14 May until midnight on Sunday 15 May, Team NSW National Parks will compete against more than 100 other international teams, including from Brazil, Egypt, and even an Antarctic-based team, in the eBird Global Big Day.

The free citizen science event, coinciding World Migratory Bird Day, brings together birders to report sightings and better understand global bird populations.

Visitors to NSW national parks who plan to go birding this Saturday can also join the effort and help Team NSW reach a top result by downloading the eBird app and sharing their findings with ‘NSWNationalParksTeam’.

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