Help save the Powerful Owl from extinction

  • by: Georgina B
  • target: Minister for the environment - Greg Hunt

Help save the Powerful Owl from extinction

The Powerful Owl is the largest owl in Australia. But due to loss of habitat, the biggest owl in Australia is dying out across the country. The Powerful Owl is listed as Vulnerable in Queensland, Threatened in Victoria, Endangered in South Australia and Vulnerable in New South Wales (NSW).

The Powerful Owl requires large tracts of forest or woodland habitat, leaving it adversely affected by habitat fragmentation. It prefers forest or woodland blocks of more than 200 hectares and avoids small patches and strips.

The main threat to the Powerful Owl is the clearing of habitat, especially the loss of old-growth hollow-bearing trees. The Powerful Owl requires hollows for nesting and many of its prey species are also hollow-dependent.

Over 50% of forest and woodland in NSW alone has been cleared and the process is continuing. In addition, prime habitat for the Powerful Owl has been targeted for agricultural clearing, logging, conversion to pine plantations and urbanisation.

The number of mature individuals has been estimated at 7,000 nationally - with over half occurring in NSW. In NSW alone, only 2000 breeding pairs are estimated to remain.

The remaining habitat of the Powerful Owl needs to be protected in order to save this bird of prey from slipping into extinction. Please sign the petition and demand the government of Australia takes action to save the Powerful Owl.

 

 

 

 

 

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