Public Talk on Owls in KZN

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Tammy Caine, Vice Chairman of Predatory Bird Projects and Clinic Manager, Raptor Rescue Rehabilitation Centre will present a lecture titled “Owls as predators: unique adaptations, calls and threats to survival” on Wednesday, 20 July 2016, Time: 5.45 pm Venue: John Bews Lecture Theatre, Life Sciences Campus, Carbis Road, Pietermaritzburg. 

Owls, like all predators, are not only indicator species, but also play a vital role in any ecosystem in maintaining a healthy predator/prey balance. More closely related to frogmouths and nightjars than to any diurnal raptor species, owls have evolved some unique adaptations that allow them to successfully fill the nocturnal predatory bird niche. As human populations have increased, conflict with owls has escalated, with owls becoming both deliberate and accidental targets of ignorance and superstition. Measures that may be put in place to reduce potential risks to owls, as well as to actively encourage owl populations to thrive, or at least remain stable, will be outlined. 

Tammy Caine has gained extensive experience in many aspects of raptor handling, behaviour, physiology and treatment since becoming fascinated with birds of prey some ten years ago, whilst studying Southern White-faced Scops Owl for her Intec Diploma in Nature Conservation. Tammy went on to assume a full time position at the African Bird of Prey Sanctuary, in charge of public education and awareness. Here she gained in-depth experience in flying various species of birds of prey in shows for the public, including eagles, falcons, hawks and owls. She joined Raptor Rescue Rehabilitation Centre as Clinic Manager, just over two years ago and is currently the Vice Chairman of Predatory Bird Projects, a non-profit organisation providing support to students and organisations working on projects involving birds of prey. 

 All welcome, please support! Light refreshments will be supplied.

Enquiries:  Dr Edith Elliott – 0824159435 or 033 2605435/5104

 

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