Creating owl friendly children, who go on to be owl friendly adults, living within owl friendly environments.

 


Stay tuned for more of our exciting updates!






Creating young owl scientists.

Date: 25 September 2019.

Location: Randburg, Gauteng South Africa.

 

JUNIOR SCIENTIST PROGRAMME - After giving an educational owl talk on World Environment Day earlier this year, we visited St Peter's College again...this time to dissect the owl pellets.
The girls were junior scientists for the day and investigated the owl pellets to see what owls eat. We sure did find some interesting information that will add value to our largest Owl Diet Database - the only one of it’s kind in Africa. These girls know better about the risk of secondary poisoning and also not to use rat poison.

#OwlsEatRatsWithout education, there can be no conservation.

Would you like us to visit your school?

Please email us on info@owlproject.org.We would love to work with you.

 





Giving the owls of South Africa new names.

Date:  20 September 2019.

Location: Randburg, Gauteng South Africa.

 

THE OWL NAMING PROGRAMME - Our schools have been are working tirelessly to come up with the suitable names for the 12 owl species of South Africa. Do you know what the Barn Owl (Tyto alba) and the Pearl Spotted Owl (Glaucidium perlatum) are called in Sesotho?
Follow the link to our website and find out what the kids have suggested. We think it's fantastic!

http://owlproject.org/The-Owl-Naming-Programme/ 

 

FUNDRAISER!

Date: 18 September 2019.

Location: Randburg, Gauteng South Africa.

 

As the public schools are about to close for the third term. We have been asked to undertake a school holiday programme in Levubu, Limpopo South Africa.
We will be educating six schools about the importance and benefits of owls within our environment, as well as dissecting the owl pellets to find out what the owls eat. The information that we receive from all the participating schools contribute to our National Owl Diet Database - The one and only of its kind in Africa.
We need a little help with any amount of donations to this cause. You can make your contribution by using the link or the banking details below. The funds will contribute to the equipment used during the pellet dissecting programme and travel.

All our programme are tailored to fit the school curricula.

For more information about the Levubu Holiday Programme, please contact us on Info@owlproject.org.
without education there can be no conservation.
All the work we do is Pro-Bono and we appreciate any help to make this holiday programme a success. We will thank you kindly.

Bank: NedbankBranch Name: Central GautengAccount Number: 1120438225Branch Code: 12840500Account Type: Nedbank Current AccountSwift Code: NEDSZAJJ#givengain

 



The owls of Johannesburg shined bright at the Birdlife SA Bird fair.

Date: 15 September 2019.

Location: Randburg, Gauteng South Africa.

BirdLife South Africa Birdfair 2019 - We have had the opportunity to take children from Alexandra township and Cosmo City to the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden South Africa. They had a wonderful time learning about different types of birds and seeing all their owl artworks being displayed. 

Our wonderful taxi driver was more than willing to transport the school children as well as their teachers to the Bird fair during the weekend.

Fournos Bakery - Little Falls provided lunch for the children and they enjoyed it.


The owl art show at Bird Life SA Bird fair.

Date: 14 September 2019.

Location: Randburg, Gauteng South Africa.

 

BirdLife South Africa Bird Fair 2019 - Day one was beautiful, the children from our participating schools in Alexandra Township and Cosmo City had a lot of fun. They loved seeing their artworks being displayed🙂

Find us at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden South Africa tomorrow and see the wonderful work the school children do for the owls.

 






Annual owl art 2019 goes live on Facebook.

Date: 11 September 2019.
Location: Randburg, Gauteng South Africa.

Please check out some of our live videos on Facebook of Iphutheng Primary School and Cosmo City West Primary School.


Marlboro Combined School Owls show their Flair at the fun day event.

Date: 07 September 2019.
Location: Randburg, Gauteng South Africa.

Attending the 7th annual Fun day at Marlboro Gardens Combined School and Showing the parents what the kids do at owlproject.org. The school hosts the annual event as an aim to raise funds for the underprivileged children within the community. Please click the link to read the full article.



‘Without education, there can be no conservation’

Date: 05 September 2019.
Location: Randburg, Gauteng South Africa.

‘Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.’ - Albert Einstein

While unrest took to the streets in Alexandra, South Africa, owlproject.org children were safely indoors preparing their owl art for the annual Alexandra Owl Day 2019.
200 000 children have participated in owlproject.org so far.

Your SUPPORT makes this possible.‘Without education, there can be no conservation’www.owlproject.orghttp://www.owlproject.org/support-us/

 






THE COLORFUL OWLS OF ALEX.

Date: 04 September 2019
Location: Randburg, Gauteng South Africa.

Learners from Marlboro Gardens Combined School are currently coloring in the owl 3D puzzle and they are having so much fun doing it. 

This year we will be working with 5 schools from 3 different areas. We have managed to have 2 new schools participate in our annual Art Project for 2019. The art works will be showcased at the Birdlife SA Bird Fair on the 14th and the 15th September 2019.





Alexandra Township kids Owl Art Frenzy!

Date: 02 September 2019.

Location: Randburg, Gauteng South Africa.

The BirdLife South Africa Bird fair is just around the corner and we are getting the school children owl artworks ready for display!

We varnish all the owl art pieces with Woodoc to protect the colours from fading and damage.
See you all at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden South Africa on the 14th and 15th September 2019.
Creating owl friendly children.

 







Spotted Eagle Owl (Bubo africanus) Breeding season is in full swing!

Date: 30 August 2019.

Location: Stratford Gardens, Gauteng South Africa.

Spotted Eagle Owl (Bubo africanus) breeding season is in full swing! We are receiving a lot of calls about the EcoSolutions Urban Ecology's occupied owl boxes. While some female owls are sitting tightly on their clutch of eggs, some owlets are already old enough to have SAFrings placed on them. Please click the link to see what we got up to at Stratford Gardens.



Curro Bankenveld Independent School participates in the pellet dissection science project.

Date: 29 August 2019.

Location: Middleburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

 

OWLING IN MPUMALANGA - We have just added the Curro Bankenveld Independent School on to the largest National Owl diet Database that we are currently building in Africa. We have worked in collaboration with the Endangered Wildlife Trust - Owl Project and the Middleburg Bird Club to educate the learners about the importance and benefits of owls. We would like to thank the Mafube Coal Anglo America for sponsoring the owl boxes that have been installed at the school.
Without education, there can be no conservation.
#OwlsEatRats #Owlproject #GiveAHoot

 

Here is what the teachers have said about the programme below:


The High School members of our Bankies Land Service Club spent an afternoon with very special guests, sharing our value of Love for Nature.
Mafube Coal, Endangered Wildlife Trust, Owlproject.org and the Middelburg Bird Club joined forces to introduce our learners to their amazing owl conservation programme. Learners were given the opportunity to learn more about these fascinating animals and had a chance to dissect owl pellets and learn about their eating habits.
We are especially proud of and thankful for the installation of two owl boxes on our school grounds, made possible by the above mentioned organisations.
We aim to create awareness for these magnificent animals amongst our learners as well as in our community. We hope that this will be an ongoing initiative and the start of a long term relationship with the parties involved in the interest of our owls.

 






Annual Owl art 2019 in full swing!

Date: 22 August 2019.

Location: Randburg, Gauteng South Africa.

 

ANNUAL OWL ART UPDATES - The sponsored art was collected from our wonderful supplier and manufacturer today. Thank you Foo Dog Design for the beautiful work that you have done.
These owl units will be delivered to the schools as of next week and the teachers will begin with their Art and Culture project for 2019. The artworks will also be showcased at the BirdLife South Africa Birdfair 2019 on the 14 - 15 September, at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden South Africa.
We still plead you to help us have more artworks created. You can sponsor 1 3D owl puzzle for R500. The artwork will have your name attached to it in recognition of your support for the schools in Alexandra Township. To support this project please click the link or see the banking details below.

https://www.givengain.com/cc/townshipowlproject/donate/

Let's uplift owl conservation through schools together. There is no conservation without education.

Bank: Nedbank

Branch Name: Central Gauteng

Account Number: 1120438225

Branch Code: 12840500

Account Type: Nedbank Current Account

Swift Code: NEDSZAJJ

 


3D Owl Puzzle sponsors are going up.

Date: 14 August 2019.

Location: Randburg, Gauteng South Africa.

 

ANNUAL OWL ART - We have 20 3D owl puzzles sponsored so far and 30 more to go! We would love to thank our wonderful sponsors for supporting this awesome initiative by the school children in Alexandra Township. The artworks will be showcased at the BirdLife South Africa 's African Birdfair on the 14th and 15 September 2019. We are in need of more sponsors to cover the remaining units before the end of August. Please help us reach the target by sponsoring a unit at least R500.

We are looking forward to placing a tag with your name on the owls in recognition of your support.

 


INTERNATIONAL OWL DAY CELEBRATION.

Date: 09 August 2019.

Location: Thokoza Township, Gauteng South Africa.


 







The 3D owl Prototype gets introduced to the school teachers.

Date: 08 August 2019.

Location: Alexandra Township, South Africa.

 

ANNUAL OWL ART - Introducing the prototype 3D owl puzzle to our wonderful school teachers in Alexandra township today and they think it's beautiful and cannot wait to start working on it. This art project goes well with the Art and culture school curricula and adds value to children's creative skills.
We have 5 units sponsored so far and 45 more to go. Please help these schools by sponsoring a unit or two at R500.00 each. To sponsor a unit, please follow the link - https://www.givengain.com/cause/6628/campaigns/18497/ 
The schools are looking forward to your support.
You will be given credit for your sponsorship.

 





Creating young scientists.

Date: 07 August 2019.

Location: St Katharines School, South Africa.

The girls showed a lot of excitement dissecting the owl pellets at the St Katharine’s School. They also got to learn about owl's food chain and how the pellets were produced. It's fun, it's educational and tailored to fit the school curricula.
Would you like us to visit your school? Please email delina@owlproject.org.
Without education, there can be no conservation.
#OwlsEatRats #GiveAHoot

 






Date: 02 August 2019.

Location: Glen Montessori School, Gauteng South Africa.

A wonderful morning at the Gen Montessori School teaching the children about the importance of providing an alternative roosting site for the owls. The children Joined the EcoSolutions team on the day to see how the box installed and all the questions on why the house has to go on the tree were answered.

We love educating kids!

Give A Hoot!  





Giving to the community in celebration of the International Owl Day.

Date: 02 August 2019.

Location: Katlehong, Gauteng, South Africa.

Kathehong is one of the townships that have a healthy owl population in Gauteng triggered by the food source availability known as RATS.

Miriam who is a a qualified animal training administrator from the NSPCA contacted owlproject.org after she has realised that a Spotted Eagle Owl loves roosting in her property. Mirriam used to have a problem with rats eating wires inside the ceiling, car and also putting holes in her door. However, the rat problem started to subside  when she noticed there is an owl that loves sitting in her home. on this day we went to Miriam's home to install a Spotted Eagle Owl Box to provide an alternative roosting site to try and keep the owl in the area.

Please watch the youtube video below to find out more.






COMMUNITY WOMEN.

Date: 08 July 2019.

Location: Ndumo Environmental Education Centre, KwaZulu-natal, South Africa.

 

IMPACT ONE AT A TIME- After educating the children of Ndumo during the school holidays. 60 women from the community also got the chance to learn about owls and dissect owl pellets. It’s always thought to be difficult to educate old people but the response here was impeccable. Education is key and without education there can be no conservation.
Creating owl friendly Communities

Owls Eat Rats.

We still need your support. To make a donation to this programme please click the link below

https://www.givengain.com/cause/6628/campaigns/18492/

 







MAKHANA PRIMARY SCHOOL.

Date: 06 July 2019.
Location: Ndumo Environmental Education Centre, KwaZulu-natal, South Africa.

 

DIY OWL BOXES- Beautiful morning with our 37 owl ambassadors from Makhana Primary School in Ndumo. The learners got to learn about the importance of providing roosting sites for owls. They will therefore construct permanent structures at school to provide homes for the Barn Owls (Tyto alba) within the school premises.

 


THELAMAMA PRIMARY SCHOOL,NDUMO,KZN.

Date: 04 July 2019.
Location: Ndumo Environmental Education Centre, KwaZulu-natal, South Africa.

 

RECYCLING PROJECTS FOR OWLS AND OTHER BIRDLIFE- DIY owl art decor ideas and hanging bird feeders made of recycled bottles made by our new 78 ambassadors from Thelamama Primary School and St Phillips Primary School in Ndumo.
In collaboration with The Ndumo Community Project and the students from Tshwane University of Technology - TUT. We have educated the children about the importance of keeping the area clean and reduce waste pollution by re-using plastic and cardboard boxes.
The learners also got to learn why they have owls within their homes and the role they play within the environment.

 


 

MAPHINDELA PRIMARY SCHOOL,NDUMO,KZN.

Date: 03 July 2019.
Location: Ndumo Environmental Education Centre, KwaZulu-natal, South Africa.

 

OWLS IN SCHOOLS- After a great session with the Maphindela Primary School learners, the headmaster told us that they have a lot of owls within the school and the children were afraid of them. After sitting in for the informative talk now they are aware why they have owls within their school.
We then decided to go for pellet hunting within the school and WOW! what a treasure.
The teacher also showed us their vegetable garden and she was more thankful that the owls are controlling the rats within the school and protecting their vegetables.
These children will be owl owl ambassadors from today on they have promised to protect, to love and care for the owls.
We would like to have 4 owl boxes donated to the school and provide nests for the owls. If anyone would like to help. Please email us on delina@owlproject.org.
Without conservation, there can be no conservation.

Working in collaboration with the Ndumo Community Project and Tshwane University of Technology to make a difference.

#Owlsinschools #OwlsofKZN #Education #OwlsOfNdumo #OwlFriendlySchools

 











EMUNYWANA PRIMARY SCHOOL.

Date: 02 July 2019.

Location: Ndumo Environmental Education Centre, KwaZulu-natal, South Africa.

32 owl ambassadors from Emunywana Primary school today and counting. The children have created some more owl hanging mobiles after sitting in and learning about the importance and benefits of owls. They also had the opportunity to go for a game drive and see some animals within the reserve.












MDUMISA PRIMARY SCHOOL,NDUMO,KZN

Date: 01 July 2019.
Location: Ndumo Environmental Education Centre, KwaZulu-natal, South Africa.

Modumisa Primary School Gives A Hoot: Our new 37 owl Ambassadors promised to protect the owls, care and teach others that owls eat rats. After dropping them off they, sang the Eco-Warrior song in excitement. Most of these children cross the Mozambique boarder on a daily basis just to attend school and yesterday they got to learn a lot about owls and dissected the owl pellets.

Video on Facebook.





KHUME AND MAGEDULA PRIMARY SCHOOL FROM SWAZILAND.(THE TEACHER HAS AN INTERESTING QUESTION)

Date: 29 June 2019.
Location: Ndumo Environmental Education Centre, KwaZulu-natal, South Africa.

The camp got up and ready at 4h30 am in preparation for the day and ready to fetch the children from Khume and Magedula Primary School near the border of Swaziland. Most of the children going to this school reside in swaziland and cross the border on a daily basis to get to school. Winter is here and a lot of people are already on the road coming back to fetch water from the rivers. Riding along on the dusty and rocky roads of Ndumo, we do anything possible to help and protect nature and the children who live with poverty and depend on the natural environment. It is very important that they know how to care for the land they live in and use their resources in a sustainable manner.


We arrived at the school and found the children waiting for us outside the gate along with their school teacher. What an interesting day it was!

We then arrived at the Ndumo EE Center and found everyone ready with their set up for the day. We carry on with the team building exercise. We could already see the joy on their faces and shows that they love being there.

The puppet show began and the children love it, what a great initiative by TUT!

owlproject.org gave an owl talk and during this talk there were some questions from the teacher. He said '' there are some common owl calls that we eventually get used to, but suddenly we start hearing a new call that sounds different within the neighborhood" He though perhaps the new owl is sent by witches until he actually learnt that same as humans, the female and owl calls are different"

The children dissected owl pellets. They also painted some owl hanging mobiles which they will take back home and then school after school holidays.


Without education, there can be no conservation. 











EMBADLEDI PRIMARY SCHOOL, NDUMO, KZN.


Date: 28 June 2019.
Location: Ndumo Environmental Education Centre, KwaZulu-natal, South Africa.

Embadleni primary school had a very informative talk today from Derrine and Michelle from the Tshwane university of Technology. The Students from TUT conducted the owl talk today and the pellet dissection on their owl and educated 38 owl ambassadors and eco warriors from Ndumo Village in KZN.


Same as the other children from Bekabantu and Ziphosheni, the beliefs are not different, it seems the mythological beliefs about owls are common amongst the children. After the talk, the children gear up with masks and gloves to dissect the owl pellets. They seemed so captivated and interested in what they are doing, they place bones on the Rat Skeleton Key and some of them try to find out what rodent species are there inside the pellets.

All the dissected pellets are collected and placed labelled per school so that they can later be stored in the National owl diet database.

Questions from the children:

Why is it that i could not find a head inside my pellet?

Why did I find most bones similar in my pellet.

Where do pellets come from.

...and all their questions were answered :)










MPOLIPOLINI PRIMARY SCHOOL, NDUMO, KZN.

Date: 27 June 2019.

Location: Ndumo Environmental Education Centre, KwaZulu-natal, South Africa.

It's in the early hours of the morning at the Ndumo Game reserve, preparations for today's group are in order and off we go to Mpolipolini Primary School. its 7h30 and the children are already at the school gate waiting for us to collect them.

But wait, first of all we see a lady inside the school fetching water from the tank with a 20 liter bucket. Cheryl greets her with excitement and then we help her carry the water. We then follow her only to find a gorgeous vegetable garden with some innovative structures made of bamboo reeds and plastics to keep the chickens away and protect the vegetables from being eaten.

We then wait for the children to climb in to the cars and off to Ndumo EE Centre we go!

Together with the students from TUT, they do some team building games with the children, they do a treasure hunt to find the topic for the day (almost everything done during the programme is a routine but with different outcomes and experiences)











ZIPHOSHENI PRIMARY SCHOOL, NDUMO, KZN.

Date: 26 June 2019.
Location: Ndumo Environmental Education Centre, KwaZulu-natal, South Africa.

42 children from Ziphosheni Primary School joined us today at the Ndumo EE Centre to learn more about owls and Plastic Pollution. To make the lessons interesting, the students from TUT conducted a puppet show that had powerpoint visuals. The puppets actually speak to the children and ask them questions about owls and impacts that are cause by plastic within the environment.

HANDS ON PROJECTS.

After sitting in the auditorium for the talk, the children then go on to dissect the owl pellets to find out what the owls have eaten. Some children did have an idea that owls eat rats, however they were not certain. The children were delighted to dress up and look like scientists with gloves and masks, they hold their tweezers and begin to dig in to the pellets, find the bones and use the rat skeleton key to identify the bones. At this point everyone wanted to find a Skull! Each one of them call me to have a look. "Look I have found a Skull. look at the teeth"

They have learned that we have something in common with the rats which is bones and of course a skull. They most fascinating realisation thing about the lesson was when they actually learned that the pellets are regurgitated.

The children carried on and made some painted owl masks using cardboard box as well as the stationery holders, they use colourful paints to draw and decorate the items they have created through the recycling projects. The children were taught how to reduce plastic pollution by reusing the plastic bottles.












SIHANGWANE PRIMARY SCHOOL LEARNS ABOUT OWLS.

Date: 25 June 2019.

Location: Ndumo Environmental Education Centre, KwaZulu-natal, South Africa.

 

Sihangwane Primary school is situated in Mgungi we Ndlovu which is 15-20 km away from the Ndumo Game Reserve. Its during school holidays and winter is upon us. On our arrival at the school, children came running towards the car while others are being collected from doe to door by their school teacher and our crew from TUT. Three vehicles loaded with 52 children and off we go to the Ndumo EE Centre.

We arrived at the Environmental Education Centre and began with the teach building exercises in order to create a friendly environment. The children then had their breakfast then the lessons of the day are introduced through a treasure hunt. The main topics during the Ndumo School Holiday Programme 2019 were Plastic Pollution and Owl Conservation.

During the educational owl programme with the children, we started with a Q and A, the children were asked questions about what they know about owls in order to find out what exactly encourages their fear towards owls.

Some of the children believed that owls are spiritual animals sent by witches and sent to listen to what they say at home then informs the witch so that whatever is planned doesn't happen or succeed.

Owlproject.org began to explain why owls behave the way they do of which a lot of people do not understand. The children then dissected the owl pellets through guidance and help from the TUT students together with owlproject.org

The most rewarding part about the owl educational talk session is that the childrens mindset was never the same after being exposed to the knowledge and learning about owls. The children had a lot of questions in the end and mostly amused by the number of rats the barn owl family can eat in a year.









Owling in Ndumo KwaZulu-Natal - BEKABANTU GIVES A HOOT!

Date: 24 June 2019.
Location: Ndumo Environmental Education Centre, KwaZulu-natal, South Africa.

32 owl Ambassadors for the day and 12 more schools to go. Most of these children walk about 15 km on a daily basis to attend school and today they woke up very early to meet with us at the Ndumo Environmental Education Centre to learn about the importance of owls and dissect owl pellets.

An owl talk was delivered by owlproject.org and the students from Tshwane University of Technology TUT linked the dangers of using poison within the environment and how it affects owls through a puppet show. 

The learners thoroughly enjoyed the programme and evidently saw that owls eat rats by dissecting the owl pellets. Indeed without education, there can be no conservation.
We still need help with the donations for 600 Junior Scientist Kits go give the children of Ndumo, please click the link to make a donation towards the Ndumo owl programme.
https://www.givengain.com/cause/6628/campaigns/18492/…

Thank you for your support. #owlinginndumo #owlseatrats

 












We love the SPCA's


Date: 10 June 2019.
Location: Gemiston SPCA and Alberton SPCA.

We've had an adventurous day putting up owl boxes to provide nests for the owls that roam within the Gemiston an Alberton SPCA within the Ekurhuleni area.

Tarryn and Kingston were delighted to know that owlproject.org has come to their rescue and the rat problem within their property will soon come to an end.The owl box will provide shelter for owls, which will be beneficial to the clinic as owls are birds of prey feeding on rodents- rats.

Please click the links to read the full articles

Alberton Records.

Germiston City News












HoO HoO for the World Environment Day!

Date: 05 June 2019.
Location: St Peters Prep Schools, Gauteng.

 

GIVE A HOOT- In Celebration of World Environment Day. We educated 466 children from St Peter's Girls Prep and St Peter's Boys Prep School about the importance and benefits of owls. They got to learn about the dangers of using rat poison, the special features which enable them to hunt, how they live, the types of species and a whole lot more.
These children will grow up to be owl friendly children living within owl friendly environments.

There is no conservation without education.#owls #owlEducation #PoisonFree

 

Would you like us to visit your school? Please drop an email on delina@owlptoject.org.





TRICH FREE!

Date: 04 June 2019.
Location: Darrenwood Retirement Village, Gauteng.

 

AWESOME NEWS - Remember the Spotted Eagle Owl (Bubo africanus) that was picked up at Darrenwood Retirement Village last month and diagnosed with Trichomoniasis? It has now recovered and released back to @Dareenwood Retirement Village.

Click the here to see the post. 

As our first prize, we always ensure that owls return to their territorial sites. We placed a SAFring (identification ring) number: 890053 and successfully release it back to its territory.
We are rapidly approaching the Spotted Eagle Owl breeding season and hope the owl will find a partner to breed with.
Thank you Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital for taking care of this majestic bird.

TRICHOMONIASIS has nothing on our owls!If you ever see an owl that looks sick, please let us know and we will ensure that it lives.

We do pro-bono work and solely rely on donations to help with our daily trips. If you would like to help, please click the link or see the banking details below. We will thank you kindly.

GivenGain.Bank: Nedbank Branch Name: Central Gauteng Account Number:1120438225 Branch Code: 12840500 Account Type:Nedbank Current Account Swift Code: NEDSZAJJ#owlseatrats #Giveahoot #loveOwls

 





Annual Grass Owl Count.

Date: 28 May 2019.
Location: Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa.

 

OWL IN A CHIMNEY - A couple of months ago we had a call from Mr Chautsane about Barn Owls (Tyto alba) in his ceiling. We went through to help and installed an owl box on his property for the Barn Owls to use - Click here.
AWESOME NEWS - The owls are still around! Unfortunately, the one owl flew in to the chimney and got stuck. Mr Chautsane immediately called Owlproject.org for help. We responded, checked for any possible injuries and placed the owl inside the owl box for the day.

Mr Chautsane has such luck with owls🙂#GiveAHoot #OwlsinAlex #OwlsEatRats

 

 

All the work we do is pro-bono, we are calling out for donations to help us with these trips, especially in terms of the fuel costs. If you would like to help please click the link or see the banking details below.

 For GivenGain click here. Bank: NedbankBranch Name: Central GautengAccount Number: 1120438225Branch Code: 12840500Account Type: Nedbank Current AccountSwift Code: NEDSZAJJ

 






Annual Grass Owl Count With GDARD.


Date: 22 May 2019.

Location: Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa.

 

Annual Grass Owl (Tyto capensis) and Marsh Owl (Asio capensis) count with Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development team at Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve.

We have had an adventurous morning with a team from the Sukerbosrand Nature Reserve and Craig Whittington Jones from the GDARD this morning. We conducted an Annual Grass Owl Count withing the reserve to find out how many Grass Owls and Marsh Owls are withing the area for 2019. We managed to find 26 roosting sites as well as 6 nests of which one had a newly hatched marsh owl chick.

The Grass owl and Marsh owl habitats are mostly threatened by fire and monitoring these birds helps us come up with best conservation methods to protect them.






Barn Owl Breeding Season upon us!

 

Date: 17 May 2019.

 

Location: Owlproject.org, Lifestyle Garden Centre.

 

It's Barn Owl breeding Season and we have a lot of mouths to feed at Owlproject.org
A simple donation will help us make a difference in caring for more of these owlets until they fledge. These owlets will be released back into their area through our School Release Programme to tackle the rodent population.
To make a donation Please see the details below.
https://www.givengain.com/cc/township...
Bank: Nedbank
Branch Name: Central Gauteng
Account Number: 1120438225
Branch Code: 12840500
Account Type: Nedbank Current Account
Swift Code: NEDSZAJJ

 













OWLS IN THE ROOF - Thank you SANDTON SPCA for the prompt referral!

 

Date: 17 May 2019.

Location: Greensleeves Body Corporate, Johannesburg Gauteng.

You may not be aware but owls don’t have the ability to build their own nests. Barn Owls (Tyto alba) are well known for their association with buildings due to the lack of breeding sites in the area. A breeding pair of Barn Owls will use the same roosting site annually to lay their eggs and raise their young.

We received a call from the Green Sleeves Body Corporate which lies 2.9km away from Alexandra Township. This township is well known for its rodent infestation. A stunning breeding pair of Barn Owls had occupied the roof in one of the buildings within the complex. The owls had to be moved into an owl box due to the noise and smell from the accumulated pellets.

BARN OWL BREEDING SEASON UPON US.

We are currently in Barn Owl breeding season and the adult male owls are looking for the perfect partner to breed with. In this regard, the challenge now will be for the male to find a suitable site for the female to lay her eggs and raise her clutch. Barn Owls prefer dark, secluded and flat surfaces. The female owl will crush the pellets to make a bedding to lay her eggs on. 

THE OWLS WERE SUCCESSFULLY RELOCATED FROM THE ROOF AND RINGED.

Owlproject.org ensures that all the owls get identification rings placed on them. The SAFrings that we use are supplied by the University of Cape Town. Each ring has a unique number which contributes valuable information and helps us with our research. When rings are recovered, we are able to track the owl’s distance fledged, age and life span.

We placed SAFrings on the pair of Barn Owls and closed all the entry points on the roof. 

 

A Barn Owl box was installed on a tree next to the house for the Barn Owls. We then placed the owls inside the box for them to use as an alternative breeding site. This is well within their territory and does not compromise the owls.

All the owl boxes installed within townships are monitored and checked every six months. We ensure that the owlets have fledged successfully and also check if they are still occupied by the breeding pair. 

Education is the most important pillar of our project. With every owl box installed, education is delivered as a way to debunk myths and bring appreciation for wildlife.

 






TRICHOMONIASIS.

 

Date: 13 May 2019.
Location: Darrenwood Village, Johannesburg Gauteng.

 

TRICHOMONIASIS- We received a call this morning about an injured Spotted Eagle Owl (Bubo africanus) at Darrenwood Retirement Village that had it's one eye closed. The owl had apparently hit a pole when he tried to fly away then sat in the garden. 

 

We immediately went on site to collect the Spotted Eagle Owl at took him straight to the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital. The senior rehabber Michelle and Hellen who is also a rehabber performed a diagnostic test under a microscope and found that he is actually infected with Trichomoniasis.
As we are heading towards the Spotted Eagle Owl breeding season. We are looking forward to his recovery so that we can put a SAFring (identification ring) on him and release him back to his territory.

 

To find out more about Trichomoniasis. Click the link to find out- https://www.facebook.com/johannesburgwildlifevet/posts/2673536775997793?__tn__=K-R

All the work we do is pro-bono, we are calling out for donations to help us with these trips, especially in terms of the fuel costs. If you would like to help please click the link or see the banking details below.

 

 

https://www.givengain.com/cc/townshipowlproject/donate/…
Bank: Nedbank
Branch Name: Central Gauteng
Account Number: 1120438225
Branch Code: 12840500
Account Type: Nedbank Current Account
Swift Code: NEDSZAJJ

 












There is no conservation without education.

Date: 07 May 2019.

Location: Protea Glen Soweto, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN- Well done Boitumelo for taking action, Owlproject.org is very proud of you.

Barn Owl (Tyto alba) breeding season has just begun and owls are currently looking for nesting cavities.

Boitumelo Makgeledise and Phemelo Makgeledise from Protea Glen in Soweto noticed an adult Barn Owl in their yard on broad daylight and it was just when they were about to put their laundry on the washing line. Boitumelo quickly jumped on Google and frantically called Owlproject.org.

OUR FIRST PRIZE🏆- Leave the owls in place and educate the people at home.

Our project coordinator (Delina Chipape) immediately gave her a video call to calm her down and asked her to walk past the owl towards the washing line to hang her laundry.
Boitumelo trusted her and she did exactly as instructed. No harm was done to her or the owl. Boitumelo also got to learn more about the Barn Owls of which she will never fear owls ever again. 

Owlproject.org has done a lot of educational programmes about owls in the townships of Gauteng since 1998 and we are winning. Below is their WhatsApp conversation.


Creating owl friendly children who go on to be owls friendly adults living within owl friendly environments.

 











Making every dropped pellet count!

Date: 23 April 2019.

Location: Greenside, Johannesburg Gauteng.

Frederick Kleinhans in Greenside, organised an educational owl talk at his house for a group of Grade 4 learners from St Katharines School to learn about owls within the environment. The children learned about the owl behaviour, types of calls and their amazing ability to fly silently. It was encouraging to see their enthusiasm and eagerness to know where owls live and how many eggs they lay.

The girls also had an opportunity dissected owl pellets for the first time ever!

After the educational talk, the girls geared up with surgical masks, gloves and held their tweezers in anticipation to start digging the pellets to find the rodent bones.

They used a Rodent Skeleton Key to identify the bones and placed each and every bone they found on top of the key to match the bones on the picture to make it more interesting.

For scientific purposes and to keep record, they wrote down the coordinates of where the pellets were collected and placed the bones inside the Zip bag for further research conducted by owlproject.org. We are currently building the largest Owl Diet Database in Africa and all the children who participate in our project, Contribute greatly to our research.

We dissect over 100 owl pellets annually and you wonder how we are able to do that.

We are in collaboration with EcoSolutions which has over 100 occupied owl boxes and also runs projects within agricultural farms of which one of them is located Kempton Park and currently has 10 occupied Barn Owl boxes. When owls hunt, they swallow their prey whole and regurgitate the indigestible materials in a form of a pellet which contains bones and fur. These pellets are collected from the occupied owl box In order to conduct the study of rodent species within the area.

We initiated the Junior Scientist Programme which is the study of owl diet and it is done through dissecting the owl pellets. The programme is designed to fit the school curricula which falls under Natural Science.

Since the project was initiated we have had over 30 schools involved within Gauteng and these schools include private, public to township schools.

The aim of this programme is to educate children about the owl food chain in the most practical way and for them to see what owls eat.

Would you like us to visit your school? Get in touch with us, we will be there!

Creating Owl Friendly Children. 











OWLS EAT RATS!

Date:  17 April 2019.
Location: Wynberg, Johannesburg Gauteng.

 

One of the teachers from Zenzeleni Primary School in Alexandra Township was spotted in Wynberg, Gauteng, South Africa and proud to show off her Owls Eat Rats bumper sticker.
The Owls Eat Rats bumper sticker campaign mostly involves the taxis to spread the message and create more awareness about the owls within Alexandra Township.

 Click the following link to find out more about our taxi sticker campaign: 

#OwlsEatRats

 



Owls in the roof.

Date:  12 April 2019.
Location: Jameson Park Nigel, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

OWL IN THE ROOF- Our first prize for owlproject.org is to convince the homeowner to leave the owls in place.

Thanks to the prompt contact from the Nigel SPCA, we were able to provide an owl box, educate Florence and leave the owls in place to tackle the rodent population within the township.

Barn Owlets which are found in roofs, are within established territories and still need to be cared for by their mothers until they learn how to feed themselves and fledge. owlproject.org provides an alternative roosting site for the owls to remain in the area. Please click the link to see the YouTube video.

SUPPORT US- Please support our cause to provide more owls in townships with an alternative breeding site. If you would like to help please click the link or see the banking details below.

GivenGain.


There is no conservation without education.

Bank: Nedbank

Branch Name: Central Gauteng

Account Number: 1120438225

Branch Code: 12840500

Account Type: Nedbank Current Account

Swift Code: NEDSZAJJ