Masked Owl records (Vic.)

Subject: Masked Owl records (Vic.)
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2001 09:54:09 +1000

From: Martin  on 12/06/2001 09:54 AM

Subject:  Masked Owl records (Vic.)

Lawrie Conole queries whether his record of a Masked Owl is a first for the
Wimmera in Victoria.

A quick look at the records of the species for the state in the Atlas of
Victorian Wildlife reveals there to be a single old (pre 1994) record from near
Dimboola.  Lawrie's observation is certainly on the extreme northern edge of
this owls distribution in western Victoria and is an important record for the
species. Most observations for the species in western Victoria are from the near
coastal south west.

Masked Owls are listed as threatened in Victoria and an Action Statement
(management plan) is in preparation to address its conservation in the state.

Martin O'Brien
Executive Scientific Officer - Scientific Advisory Committee
Parks Flora and Fauna Division
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
4/250 Victoria Pde.,
East Melbourne  3002

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