Image: Rosie Nicolai

The Powerful Owl is our largest owl and a  vulnerable bird species. Powerful Owls inhabit forests and woodlands, and particularly like wet creek lines. These creek lines often form native vegetation corridors that play a dual role of filtering and cleansing water before it enters the creek, and providing homes for animals. Vegetated corridors can also stabilise creek banks, limiting erosion and sedimentation, therefore suppressing further water quality decline. An abundance of owls and other woodland birds  in native vegetation corridors demonstrates how essential they are to the movement of animals across the urban landscape.

Our Ecological Health Report recommends a number of actions that can be undertaken to improve habitat for the Powerful Owl.

  • maintain and enhance areas of dense, fully structured vegetation including large canopy trees
  • extend vegetation connectivity in priority corridors
  • maintain large hollow bearing trees, and encourage man-made hollows and stags for owls to nest
  • bush regeneration using dense canopy/understorey plantings as roost sites and habitats for prey.

However before we can do all that, we need to firstly ground-truth the data around Powerful Owls (and their potential habitat) in the Parramatta River Catchment. Luckily for us, there are already two amazing Citizen Science based programs up and running in the catchment who are willing to work with us.

The Powerful Owl Project and Hollows as Homes.

We encourage you all to sign up to these two projects (and let us know if you have) so that we can get started on improving the ecological health of our river.

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