Bathing Birds was a citizen science survey run in partnership with BirdLife Australia's Birds in Backyards program and The University of Sydney for four weeks in spring and summer of 2015.

The aim of the survey was to find out what types of birds use bird-baths, if this changes between seasons, and how different gardening practices influence what species are present. Bathing Birds sought to fill a knowledge gap around whether enhancement of garden habitats helped to increase bird diversity, or whether this was simply determined by landscape and environmental features.

What did the survey involve

Participants were required to monitor their birdbath for 20 minutes a day, up to 3 times a week for the duration of the 4-week survey. A special online portal,, was created especially for the survey. 

All of the records collected during Bathing Birds are now available through the publically accessible, Atlas of Living Australia, where participants can view all of their own data, as well as the data collected by others.