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What is killing Australia's smallest owls?

Monday, 16 May 2016

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ECU School of Science PhD candidate Michael Lohr is investigating the possible causes for the decline of the boobook owl across Western Australia.

The southern boobook is named for the owl’s distinctive two note call. It’s the smallest and most common owl species in Australia.

While it’s not listed as endangered, its population has experienced ongoing declines across Australia since the 1990s.

Mike’s research will collect samples from boobooks around the Perth area and in WA’s Wheatbelt region.

These samples come from two sources – catching live birds and collecting road-killed birds from the public.

The project from the Centre for Ecosystem Management is relying on the public to report healthy or dead boobooks in the research area

For more information on this project and to report boobook owls please contact Michael Lohr.

Learn more about Michael’s research on ECU’s YouTube Channel.

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