Canberra Birds of Prey

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Subject: Canberra Birds of Prey
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Date: Tue, 14 May 2013 16:18:15 +1000
2. NPA ACT General Meeting 8pm Thursday - 16 MAY 2013 at O'Connor Uniting Church, 56 Scrivener Street, O'Connor

Guest Speaker, Jerry Olsen, Adjunct Professional Associate, Institute of Applied Ecology, University of Canberra, will speak about Canberra Birds of Prey.

In this talk Jerry will briefly discuss the 14 breeding raptor species found around the ACT region and outline studies on Peregrines and eagles.Little Eagles have declined regionally since the 1990s and rabbits have been implicated in this decline. 

Jerry Olsen has studied birds of prey in the Canberra region since 1975 and published some 100 papers and articles and five books on raptors. In 2002, with Susan Trost, Michael Wink and Hedi Sauer-Gürth, he discovered and named a new species in Indonesia, the Little Sumba Hawk-owl Ninox sumbaensis. In 2005 he alerted researchers to the catastrophic decline in Little Eagle Hieraaetus morphnoides in the ACT and has, since, worked with ACT Parks and Conservation and the Canberra Ornithologists Group to document this decline and explain it. In 2012 his book Australian High Country Owls received a Whitley Award.

All are welcome to the meeting and to enjoy refreshments and a chat afterwards. Business reports will be abbreviated so that the reports and presentation should finish at approximately 9.30pm.

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