We will meet outside Darwin's Botanic Gardens and start our tropical birdwatching adventure right there. The Botanic Gardens offer a variety of different habitats where we will look for some of the iconic Top End species that thrive here. We will use binoculars to look for the more cryptic species and note down our observations. We will continue our walk outside of the Botanic Gardens to a coastal reserve where we will find many shorebirds. There is plenty of time to take photos and enjoy the scenery as well. I will tell you about the ecology of the birds and other wildlife that we encounter. After enjoying the plentiful tropical birdlife, we will sit down and make our observations count as a contribution to the citizen science project eBird. If you have a smartphone we will download the eBird App, open an account and submit our first observations to the global project dedicated to bird conservation. If you don't have a smartphone we can create an account on my tablet. At the end of the activity, you will have seen a beautiful part of Darwin, identified dozens of tropical birds and learned how to contribute to a citizen science project.