Australia’s largest owl, the threatened Powerful Owl, should be living in the Gold Coast. With much of its habitat destroyed in the recent fires, and impacted by land clearing, a study to learn more about its local whereabouts urgently needs your help.
Dr Rob Clemens, Powerful Owl Project Coordinator for Bird Life Australia, will discuss this, and more about owls, when he speaks at Gecko Talks on March 25.
The Powerful Owl’s territory ranges from S.E. Queensland to South Australia, within 200 kms of the coast—but one-third of it was impacted by this Summer’s devastating fires.
It’s an impressive, if elusive, bird. It can live for 30 years and has a wingspan of up to 1.4 m. It needs big, old trees for nesting and dense, leafy foliage for roosting.
‘As with the other forest owls, we have a poor understanding of where they are on the Gold Coast,’ Rob explained. ‘At the Gecko talk, I’ll also explain how we’re planning to overcome that.’
With the big population increase due here in the next few years, it’s important to know where these owls are and how we can conserve them, he said.
Bird Life started its Powerful Owl project two years ago, and is showing some success already. However, it needs local help to monitor the Gold Coast, an area which hasn’t been tackled.
Gecko Talks is on Wednesday, March 25 at Currumbin RSL. Everyone’s welcome and it’s free. Come early and buy a delicious RSL meal.
Please call Gecko on 07 5534 1412 for more information. Or turn up on the night.
When: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Time: 6:45PM for 7:00PM Start
Where: Currumbin RSL, 165 Duringan Street, Currumbin (Check signs for room)
Cost: FREE! (Don’t forget, you can buy a meal there before the talk.)