Online Incursions: Introduction to Birdwatching

Program Summary

Location: Online
Excursion Duration: 45 mins
Year Level: Prep to Year 8
Group Size: 20-50

Cost: $110 +GST for up to 50 students 
Availability: See booking form
Program Themes: birdwatching, bird observation, habitat, biodiversity, breeding, wetlands, Elsternwick Nature Reserve


Program Overview

This program introduces students to birdwatching, and shows how easy and rewarding it is to get out there and start observing and identifying birds in their local area.

Key Concepts & Questions

•    Why is birdwatching such a great hobby?
•    How does birdwatching teach us more about the natural world around us?
•    How are birds a good indicator of the health of our local environment?

Learning Outcomes

•    F-2 Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met (VCSSU042)
•    3-4 Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (VCSSU057)
•    3-4 Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive (VCSSU058)
•    3-4 Use formal measurements in the collection and recording of observations (VCSIS068)
•    5-6 Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (VCSSU074)
•    7-8 There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity (VCSSU091)

Program Outline

In this program the students will learn all about birdwatching; why it is important, how to do it well, key tips and tricks, what types of habitat to look for, bird hotspots, why observation and recording is an important scientific practice.

The students will also learn about the best tools to assist them such as bird identification books, apps and websites.

The Q and A session following the video will allow students to further explore and investigate this topic and apply it to their own circumstances at home or at their school.


This incursion is delivered online using Zoom. A teacher and class can join the session from the classroom or remotely from home. A meeting link and instructions will be sent out with the booking confirmation. Minimum group size is 20, maximum group size is 50.

An invoice will be forwarded after the incursion is completed. The fee covers our programs administration costs. Please book your incursion at least 7 days in advance - we are unable to accept last-minute bookings.

Please email with subject "Online incursion enquiry", with:
1) Incursion Topic(s),
2) Three preferred dates and times
3) Number of classes for each topic (a class is up to 25 students)?
4) Year level of the students
5) Contact name, school/organisation and phone number

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