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Learn about owls and become a volunteer citizen scientist
Photo by: Amanda Robertson

BirdLife Southern Queensland specialises in bird surveys, with an emphasis on threatened species and habitats.

This Autumn, BirdLife Southern Queensland invites the wider public to join The BirdLife Powerful Owl Project as volunteer citizen scientists to help monitor Queensland's Powerful Owls.

This summer's bushfires were hard on Australian forest owls. Come along to learn more about owls and how you can help the Powerful Owl.

Photo by: Amanda Robertson

The Powerful Owl Ninox strenua is Australia's largest owl with an impressive wingspan of 135cm and despite being classified as threatened in all Australian states, it continues to survive within cities, including the suburbs of Brisbane.

The Powerful Owl Project effectively monitors the threatened species and delivers concrete management recommendations to help protect owls.

The Brisbane project launched in 2018 and was modelled after the highly successful Sydney project, which saw large numbers of the public educated on Powerful Owl ecology.

Forest owls had close to 30% of their habitat impacted by the recent bushfires. Get involved and join over 400 people who have already signed up to the project. This is a special opportunity to meet like-minded people and help protect this elusive but threatened species.

If you would like to become a volunteer citizen scientist, come along to the FREE BirdLife Southern Queensland Owl Workshop & Training session.

Hosted by owl experts, the workshop will be presented in two parts. The first hour will focus on Brisbane's Owls, their identification, biology and ecology. Following a short break, the second hour will allow you to formally sign up to the project as a volunteer citizen scientist, get permits, and be taught the tricks to help BirdLife Australia monitor Powerful Owls in 2020.


If you have an interest in birdwatching and would like to join The Owl Project, come along and take part in this enlightening workshop.

It is FREE to participate. Check out upcoming sessions below and click the links to secure your place:

  • 29/02/2020 Brisbane, The Hut, THECA, 47 Fleming Rd, Chapel Hill

    - Workshop: 12:30, Field visit: 17:30.


  • 1/03/2020 Toowoomba, Toowoomba City Library, 155 Herries Street, Multipurpose Room, Level 3

    - Workshop: 12:00, Field visit: 17:00


  • 7/03/2020 Logan, Kingston East Neighbourhood Centre, 177 Meakin Rd, Slacks Creek

    - Workshop: 11:30, Field visit: 17:30


  • 8/03/2020 Ipswich, Ipswich Central Library, 40 South St, Ipswich, Qld

    - Workshop: 10:30, Field visit: 17:30


  • 14/03/2020 Redland, IndigiScapes, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba

    - Workshop: 12:30, Field visit: 17:30


  • 15/03/2020 South Brisbane, Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre , 149 Acacia Rd, Karawatha

    - Workshop: 12:30, Field visit: 17:30


  • 21/03/2020 Moreton Region, Farmers Hall, 30 Main St, Samford Village

    - Workshop: 12:30, Field visit: 17:30


  • 22/03/2020 Gold Coast, Mt Nimmel Hall, 237 Austinville Rd, Austinville

    - Workshop: 12:30, Field visit: 17:30


  • 28/03/2020 Lockyer Valley, Laidley Cultural Centre, 3 Laidly-Painland Rd

    - Workshop: 12:30, Field visit: 18:00


  • 19/04/2020 Sunshine Coast, Buderim War Memorial Hall, 3 Main Street 12:00 16:00

    - Workshop: 12:30, Field visit: 17:30


    The BirdLife Powerful Owl Project is operating in partnership with Birds Queensland, and is proudly supported by the Queensland Government - Queensland Citizen Science Grants, and the Logan City Council. The project is also, Proudly Supported by the Sunshine Coast Council's Environment Levy, The Wettenhall Environment Trust, the Australian Environment Foundation and Ipswich City Council. Redland City Council is also proud to provide funding as part of the Community Grants Program to assist the Redlands Community. This project has previously been supported by Brisbane City Council.

    For more information on The BirdLife Powerful Owl Project and to find out how you can take part, please see

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    When: Weekends from Feb 29 to April 19
    Where: Various throughout southeast Queensland
    Cost: Free
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