The Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua) is Australia’s largest owl, with an impressive wingspan of 135cm. Although its usual habitat is tall continuous forest, the Powerful Owl can also survive in urban environments. Since 2011, the Powerful Owl Project has been co-managed by BirdLife Australia’s Birds in Backyards program and the Threatened Bird Network
With the ongoing support of Citizen Scientists, over 700 sightings from across Sydney have helped to identify critical Powerful Owl habitat, and over 60 breeding sites have been located. The information gained from this study has shed new light on the behaviours of this fascinating owl. This data is being used to build on our limited understanding of Powerful Owl ecology in urban spaces and to help drive management recommendations for urban owl populations. As the project continues, new breeding territories are still being located and detailed long-term data is being collected on the breeding behaviour, diet and habitat requirements of these owls.
Another focus of this project is to educate about Powerful Owls through a community outreach program. Activities include workshops for the public and for volunteers, scientific conferences, media releases, and community talks and events. With the continuing success of such efforts in Sydney, the project has recently been rolled out into metropolitan Melbourne.
You can help the project learn more about the Powerful Owls by letting them know if you see or hear one in your area. The project also collects information on other owls and notcturnal birds. If you are interested in becoming a Powerful Owl Project volunteer or would like to find out more please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the project website.