lost bird found project

A flock of birds will fly free next month when North Sydney Council runs its popular and powerful Lost Bird Found project for the ninth year. 

If you suddenly notice exotic birds popping up in your community – maybe in a bus shelter,  park or café window – don’t be alarmed! These birds have been handcrafted by the community to raise awareness of mental health. You will be able to recognise them by a tag  attached with information on the project and how to access mental health information and  support. 

The birds symbolise freedom from anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses. North Sydney Mayor Zoe Baker said that each bird presents a chance to start a conversation around mental health. 

“Get involved, get creative – there are no limits on how they should look – what’s important is that we start talking about mental health as a community.” 

Finders can then share images of their precious birds on social media for others to enjoy, and  to spark conversations and boost awareness about mental health. You can also release them again for someone else to enjoy in the North Sydney area or as far as you want to take them.  One bird has even made it all the way to the Sunshine Coast!  

Lost Bird Found  is the perfect craft project for all ages. Council is encouraging everyone to participate in a community bird crafting workshop or get out their knitting needles, paint brushes and carving tools to join in and make some birds themselves. 

The birds will be released at a community launch for Lost Bird Found 2022 at North Sydney Council Chambers on Tuesday 4 October at 11am. 

To find out more about Lost Bird Found head to www.facebook.com/lostbirdfoundproject/ or  www.northsydney.nsw.gov.au/lostbirdfound  

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