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

 

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OWLS IN THE ROOF - thanks to the SANDTON SPCA for the prompt response!

 

Date: 16 May 2019.

Location: Greensleeves Body Corporate, Johannesburg Gauteng.

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

We received a call from the Green Sleeves Body Corporate which lies 2.9km away from Alexandra Township which is well known for its rodent infestation. A stunning breeding pair of Barn Owls had occupied the roof at 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 top surfaces. The female owl will crush the pellets to make 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 helps us with valuable information for our research. When rings are recovered, we are able to track the owl’s distances, age and life span.

We placed SAFrings on the pair of Barn Owls, 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 to use. We then placed the owls inside the box for them to use as an alternative breeding site. This is well still 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 previous breeding pair. 

Education is the most important pillar of the 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




St Stithians owls get ringed!

 

Date: 04 April 2019.

Location: St Stithians College, Johannesburg Gauteng.

St Stithians Prep College for Boys is one the schools that participate in our Owl Release Programme in Gauteng Province. The school took in the orphaned owls which were collected on the ground in Tembisa. On the day of release, the children were given an educational talk for the children so that they can understand the essence of having owls within the school and also at home. 

Owls are a perfect eco-friendly rodent control method compared to poison and they control rodents effectively.

The ring numbers for the owls are K52413 and K52414. We ring all the owls that we release in order to keep track on their release location and fledgeling distances.




Owlets on the ground!

 

Date: 01 April 2019.

Location: Klipfontein, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

OWLETS ON THE GROUND- We received a call from Klipfontein this morning about Barn Owlets (Tyto alba) which have apparently been on the ground for two days on a vacant land near a busy road.

Everyone would hear them calling and thought it was a snake. A lady named Mpho brave enough to check and found 3 owlets. Mpho immediately called for help.

There was no sign of their nesting site at all or whether they are being fed by their parents.

RISKS OF HAVING OWLETS ON THE GROUND - Can be injuries caused by other animals such as dogs or being run over by cars.

We usually prefer placing the owlets back to their nests but it's unfortunate that it could not be traced. The owlets will be put through a release programme at one of our participating schools and will be well cared for and released back to the wild.

All thanks to the wonderful lady (Mpho) who called the moment she noticed them.
All the work we do is pro-bono, we are calling out for donations to help us with these trips, especially in terms of fuel costs. If you would like to help please click the link or see the banking details below.
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




Volunteer appreciation! Giving a Hoot!

Date:  30 March 2019.

Location: Greenside, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

One of our volunteers Graham Pullen came through this morning to help fix up a release Pen for the two orphaned Barn Owls (Tyto alba) which were found in Tembisa (no trace of their parents or  roosting site)

The owls will be released within Greenside in the next 21 days. This is when they will be old enough to hunt and feed themselves.

Barn Owls unlike Spotted Eagle Owls (Bubo africanus) don't have enough roosting sites. However, with all the owl boxes installed within the area, they will then occupy one of the EcoSolutions Urban Ecology owl boxes.

#GIVEAHOOT #SupportNPO #UrbanConservation





Children from Austria dissecting owl pellets for the first time!


Date: 20 March 2019

Location:University of Vienna, Austria, Europe.

The last three weeks of the lesson were all about owls. Posters, minibooks, dreamcatchers, drawings, presentations, biscuits, etc. were created in various objects. The more we became involved with the subject of owls and the Owlproject.org, the enthusiasm of the pupils and of the teachers grew.

The children from Austria even got the opportunity to be a part of the largest Owl Diet Database in Africa by dissecting and seeing owl pellets for the first time. The dissection of pellets took place after the Skype session with children from Marlboro Gardens. Click the link to read full stories.





Owl masks made by township kids in Alexandra worn in Austria!

Date:  19 March 2019.

Location: University of Vienna, Austria, Europe. 

Masks made by kids from owlproject.org in Alexandra Township, South Africa, travelled 8700 km to be worn by members of the Wildnisgebiet Dürrenstein and the Burgermeister of Göstling, Niederösterreich, Austria at a talk about township kids rolling back generations of mythological owl prejudice. To read the full article about our tour in Austria click the link.

 



Owl Release Party!

Date: 19 March 2019.

Location: Crawford Prep College, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

Crawford Sandton (Preparatory and College) grade 6 - 7 learners hosted an Owl Release Party this morning to educate the young children about the importance and benefits of owls, to create poison awareness and encourage the use of an eco-friendly rodent control to conserve owls.

The learners also addressed issues that disrupt the habitats of owls and their behaviour. They organised a puppet show to make learning more fun and even baked some owl biscuits to give away to the young ones. 


The Crawford owls are ready for release and hunt rats. Thank you, Nina Bloom and Shirley Grey for giving a Hoot!

There is no conservation without education.

Support our project by following this link http://owlproject.org/support-us/ to make a small donation to uplift the communities to be a better place.

 




Making new friends through owl education!

Date: 15 March 2019.

Location: Marlboro Combined School, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

A special day we had with Marlboro Gardens Secondary School learners presenting to children in Austria, naming their favourite owls in Sotho as part of our Owl Naming Programme through Skype. The learners addressed mythological issues and importance of owls in South Africa. 

Not only did they present but they had an opportunity to make new friends after they have sent a bag full of origami owls with lovely shutouts. The learners from Marlboro went on to say they felt privileged to have an opportunity of being associated with such a wonderful project which brings them great educational experiences and opportunities. Please click the link to see the short clip on our YouTube Channel.

#CreatingOwlFriendlyChildren.




Heron Bridge College is very excited to have a Southern White Faced Owl.

Date: 13 March 2019.

Location: Heron Bridge College, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

White Faced Owl (Otus leucotis) is a medium-sized owl which occurs in a variety of woodland habitats and loves perching on thin branches. 

Habitat: Heronbridge College is within the perfect environment which the owls prefer. They like scattered groups of trees and thorny shrubs, dry open woods, wooded areas along rivers, forest edges and clearings. These owls avoid dense rainforest and treeless deserts.

Hunting & Food: Southern White-faced Owls feed on large insects, spiders, scorpions, small birds, reptiles and small mammals. This owl hunts from a perch, dropping down and gliding low over the ground before swooping up to a new perch. Prey are normally taken from the ground or from branches, held with the powerful talons and torn apart with the bill.

The school children are very excited to participate in our Owl Release Programme and named the White Faced owl "Jin Jew''. The owl will be in their care for 21 days and will be released from the school.
#GiveAHoot #CreatingOwlFriendlyChildren #LoveOwls #PoisonFree

 




Ipani Primary School gives owls a home!

Date: 05 March 2019.

Location: Ipani Primary School, Arnot, Middleburg, Gauteng.

Owlproject.org worked together with the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) Owl Project to educate children at Ipani Primary School in Middleburg about the importance and benefits of owls.

The school has owls roosting within the premises and were very excited to put up owl boxes from EcoSolutions Urban Ecology

One of the learners was awarded a Junior Scientist Kit for knowing the number of rats a family of Barn Owls (Tyto alba) can control in one year.

As our mission is to create more owl friendly children. We would like to have every child at the school to be able to receive a kit and learn how to dissect the pellets owls drop at the school on a daily basis.

Please click the link to donate a pellet Kit to these awesome children- https://www.givengain.com/cause/…/campaigns/18492/donations/





St Stithians Prep College gets Barn Owls (Tyto alba)

Date: 27 February 2019.

Location: St Stithians College for Boys, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

St Stithians College is located within the city of Johannesburg and has been one of our owl release schools for more than 5 years. We met with the school children in the morning to give them a talk about owls and rat poison. We then placed two Barn Owls in the release pen for the children to care for until they are ready for release. These owls were collected for the SPCA and owlproject.org facilitates the release after care from the Johannesburg Wildlife Vet.

It's always a great pleasure educating learners who show love and care for the environment. Rat poison is not advisable to be used anywhere, be it the school grounds or any other property.

These owl friendly children will care for the Barn Owls along with the school teacher Mrs Dryden.

We Give A Hoot!





Radford House Puts a ring on it!

Date:  25 February 2019.

Location: Radford House School, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

An awesome morning of creating owl friendly and knowledgeable children at Radford House. The owl release was initiated as a school project for the learners to have a tangible lesson for their Harry Potter School Play. They Named the Owls HoOdini and Owlpochino.

We placed SAFrings on the owls and the children were very thrilled to be up close and personal with the birds.







Owl Talk at Radford House.

Date:  21 February 2019.

Location: Radford House School, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Wonderful audience we had at Radford House as they learn about the importance and benefits of owls as well as their special flight ability and many more.

There is no such thing as an Owl-Friendly Rat Poison.

There is no conservation without education.

Would you like us to visit your school?
Email us on info@owlproject.org.

Rat Poison is not the solution, there is no Eco-friendly rat poison!





Rivonia Primary School.

Date:  27 February 2019.

Location: Rivonia Primary School, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Rivonia Primary School learners care for the owls.

These two orphaned Barn Owls (Tyto alba) were collected from the SPCA and found a home in Rivonia Primary School. The Barn Owls are being temporarily cared for by the learners.

Please help us involve more children in caring for owls and eliminate the use of rat poison by donating any amount to owlproject.org. 

#poisonfree #owlfriendly #Conservation

The donations contribute to the management of the release, fuel and materials to provide an owl box.

Click here to make a donation or use the banking details below:


Bank: Nedbank 

Branch Name: Central Gauteng  

Account Number: 1120438225 

Branch Code: 12840500 

Account Type: Nedbank Current 

Account Swift Code: NEDSZAJJ

 





The wise origami owl activity!

Date:  18 February 2019.

Location: Marlboro Combined School, Alexandra Johannesburg, Gauteng.

Exciting moments: Learners in Marlboro cheer in delight when they see owlproject.org at their school because they know it's time to have some fun and learn something super exciting and new!

The children in Marlboro school are on a mission to complete 200 origami owls for their new friends in Austria. its really awesome to see how easy it is to get children to learn and love owls through fun and educational activities while at the same time making new friends by sending a letter through a self-made origami owls.

The wise owl doesn't only exist in the Harry Potter movie but in the imagination too.




Owls in ceiling!

Date: 13 February 2019.

Location: San Sereno, Bryanston, Johannesburg, South Africa.

San Sereno is a retirement home in Bryanston. One of the units had Barn Owls (Tyto alba) breeding inside the roof for the past 20 years according to Keno (the woman who stays in the unit the owl was found)

When the team arrived they looked for pellets the ground and these pellets had rat skeletons while others had bird skeletons.

As we set up the ladder and installed the owl box which will now be a new home for the owls. Hussein thoroughly searched the roof to find the Barn Owl. He carefully moved the tiles aside and managed to catch the Barn Owl. We placed a SAFring number K52408 on the owl and placed it inside the owl box.

Owlproject.org does pro bono work and relies on donations for the work that has been done. Click here to read the full article. 





Owl release at Crowford Prep School.

Date:  06 February 2019.

Location: Crawford Prep School,Benmore Gardens, Johannesburg,Gauteng.

The Crawford Schools eco-department has been a great supporter of our Owl Release Programme and 2019 marks their 10th year of caring for owls.

Click the link to read the full article about the Barn Owls (Tyto alba) they are currently caring for.






Township Owl Box Project.

Date:  23 January 2019.

Location: East Bank Alexandra, Johannesburg, South Africa.

We have received a phone call from a concerned citizen in Alexandra about owls living in his ceiling. We drove to help him and found a pair of Barn Owls (Tyto alba) which are certainly looking for a place to breed.

Mr Chautsane was more than happy to have an owl box installed in his property to provide these owls with an alternative breeding site so that they can continue to manage the rodent population within the area.

All our work is done pro-bono, we need help with sponsoring our trips and owl boxes for township residents who encounter these problems. Please feel free to donate by following this link http://owlproject.org/support-us/
Alternatively, you can use the account info below. Your support will be much appreciated.

Bank: Nedbank
Branch Name: Central Gauteng
Account Number: 1120438225
Branch Code: 12840500
Account Type: Nedbank Current Account
Swift Code: NEDSZAJJ





Collection of orphaned owlets.

Date: 14 December 2018.

Location: Midrand SPCA, Johannesburg South Africa.

It is Barn Owl (Tyto alba) season again. 
These orphaned owlets were collected from the SPCA Midrand and will be released from one of our participating schools. All of the collection and caring for owls is done Pro-Bono. If you would like to help us provide this service, please feel free to donate by following this link http://owlproject.org/support-us/ 


 



Relocation of owlets from a roof.

Date: 14 December 2018.

Location: Jackal Creek Golf Estate, Honeydew,Randburg, Johannesburg.

We have received an exciting phone call from Ryan in Jackal Creek Golf Estate about Barn owls roosting in his roof. One of the chicks had jumped out through the gap and we rushed to give him a hand. He was more than happy to purchase an owl box from EcoSolutions Urban Ecology and have the owlets relocated into the owl box!
#OwlsEatRats #Poisonfree





Karla and Hein visit Marlboro Gardens Combined School.

Date: 8th November 2018.

Location: Marlboro Gardens, Alexandra South Africa.

Marlboro Gardens Combined School has been one of our participating schools for 8 year in Alexandra township. Karla and Hein Bloem from the International Owl Center in Minnesota USA, visited the school on the 8th November 2018 so see the children behind the beautiful artworks that have been done throughout the years.

The children had a special surprise for Karla and Hein, they shared their experience about the Owl Art Project and how the project as a whole has added a value to their lives.

Karla and Hein received a warm welcome with loads of hugs and never ending mind blowing questions about their partnership with owlproject.org.

The school teacher Mrs Moodley presented Karla and Hein with a mini Beaded Owl as a Gift to thank them for paying a visit.




Crawford Primary School.

Date: 10 November 2018.

 Location: LoneHill, Randburg South Africa.

Schools are a vital component in our conservation efforts. Whether it be Zenzeleni Primary School in Alexandra or Crawford Primary School in Lone-Hill, children hold the key to conservation in Africa.

Below is a quote from the school.

"Thank you to EcoSolutions and Gareth Gillespie for our beautiful owl boxes at the Pre Primary! We wait In anticipation to spot our two resident Spotted Eagle Owls"




Cornwall Hill College.

Date: 06 November 2018.

Location: Cornwall Hill College.

The Grade 6's at Cornwall Hill College have participated in our junior Scientist Programme.

It is always ideal for every school in South Africa to get involved in the Junior Scientist programme and also form an Eco-Club Programme. Owl education is essential for children all over the world. 

It teaches them awareness, care and the importance of owl conservation when they discover rat skeletons inside the pellets.





St Andrews School owl get ringed for conservation efforts.

Date: 30 October 2018.

Location: St Andrews School For Girls, Senderwood, Bedfordview, Gauteng.

The students were amazed to know that owls are ringed in order to keep track of the owls if ever they are found again. Ringing owls enable us to know how far the owls have traveled and their life span.

The learners are given an opportunity to hold the owls as they get ringed. The owl will be released in to the school and hopefully become resident owls which will control the rodent population within the premises.




St Andrews Junior Scientist Programme.

Date: 26 October 2018.

Location: St Andrews Ave, Senderwood, Johannesburg.

Who would have though that dissecting owl pellets would be an interesting to do with the senior students.

We've had so much fun dissecting pellets with the Eco-Club from St Andrews school For Girls and they really loved it. The learners were literally absorbed and fascinated with the rat skulls and vertebral columns they could not believe their eyes.




Owl ring in Robindale.

Date: 9 October 2018.

Location: Robindale, Randburg, Gauteng.

Last week we introduced you to 3 brand new owlets from Greenside - ring numbers 887921, 887922 and 887923. We have been flat out all week ringing owls in our occupied owl boxes with <100 in Gauteng alone. We are very pleased to introduce you to another EcoSolutions Urban Ecology brood from an occupied owl box in Robindale - Owlet 887925, Owlet 887926 and Owlet 887927. We would love this to be in your garden - have your owl box serviced.

 




Greenside owl ring.

Date:09 October 2018.

Location: Greenside, Randburg Johannesburg.

We are very happy to introduce you to owlet 887921, owlet 887922 and owlet 887923.
It has been a month of ringing Spotted Eagle owlets (Bubo africanus). Here are a few pictures from ringing the owlets in Greenside yesterday. 
Thank you to all the members of the public who attended.

 



Owl Ringing at Oakdene.

Date:25 September 2018.

Location:Comoro, Oakdene, Johannesburg.

We always involve the family in the ringing process and encourage kids to help. If done under supervision and with care, children are more than capable of holding an owlet. It's important to bear in mind that owls have virtually no sense of smell, so adult owls are quickly back in the box to check on their owlets and normal owl family life resumes.




Owl release at Lycee Jules Verne French School.

Date: 20 September 2018.

 Location:Lycée Jules Verne de Johannesburg, Morningside, Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

Fascinating moments for the children and teachers when they get involved and participate in the owl release programme.

Owlproject.org released two Barn Owls (Tyto alba) at Lycée Jules Verne de Johannesburg on Friday the 20th September 2018.

The teacher had built the release pen along with the children as they wanted to be more involved in caring for these precious birds, it's always heartwarming to see the children's faces glow with awe when the owls came out of the transport box and released into the Pen. They watched the owls peak out of the box and giggled with excitement to have the owls within the school for the next two weeks period.






Owl Release at Rivonia Primary School.

Date: 11 September 2018.

Location: Rivonia Primary School , Rivonia, Gauteng South Africa.

Rivonia Primary School children were so excited to to have us at their school, they had so many questions about owls and what they feed on. we delivered an owl talk to the grade 5 and 6 learners and the little ones definitely did not want to be left out. 

The learners were so eager to learn and even participated in the owl pellet dissection. Reaching out for the surgical masks shouting "Me Me" with a smile on their faces, it's always great to share these experiences with the children the children, they are so special and deserve to learn and be exposed to wildlife within the fast developing urban areas. 





Owl release at St Andrews School For Girls.

Date: 21 September 2018.

Location: St Andrew's School for Girls, Saint Andrews Avenue, Senderwood, Gauteng South Africa.

Owproject.org placed two beautiful Barn Owls (Tyto.alba) at St Andrews School For Girls, the girls were so happy to have the owls at their school and were so smitten upon the sight of the owls. The girls named the owls Owlivia and Hooter.

Hooter wiggled his head and the girls loved it, they stared at Hooter and Owlivia with a smile, that portrayed their love for these precious birds. 












Owl release at Carter Primary school.

Date: 21 September 2018.

Location: Carter Primary School, Alexandra, South Africa.

Carter Primary School has been taking part in our owl release programme and the owl art project since 2016. The school teacher Mr Ndaba, has been working together with us teaching the learners about the benefits and importance of owls. He recently spotted one Barn Owl ( Tyto alba) within their school premises and he likes the fact that the owls hut rats within their school premises.

Owlpoject.org recently placed two Barn owls in the release box at Carter primary school for the children to participate in owl owl release programme, a group of children who were attending this years Birdfair from Carter were chosen to be on the feeding roster and they are the ones who will care for the owls for a period of 21 days. 

in his words to the learners Mr Ndaba said " from now on even after the release of these beautiful birds, you will be preaching the same gospel, it is now your responsibility and duty to care or the owls as if they were your own family members, actually they are your family members. You will teach the young ones within the school about their value.





Jackal Creek Fun Day.

Date: 15 September 2018.

Location: Jackal Creek Golf Estate. Gauteng South Africa.

Owlproject.org facilitated the release if a Barn Owl (Tyto alba) back to the Jackal Creek Golf Estate after it had been cared for by the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital.


On the 15th of September 2018, we hosted an eventful morning at their clubhouse and it was amazing.
Below is a thank you letter from Shelley Olivier who helped facilitate the owl release and also made the event possible.

"Thanks so much to everyone for their support on Saturday at the Owl and Bat morning!

Craig and his staff from the Jackal Creek Golf Estate Restaurant were super-efficient and donated sandwiches and juice for all to enjoy! Corne Van Zyl and Nick Lambrou from the Jackal Creek Gym helped out with the markers and signs for the pellet hunt route! Thanks for your willingness and smiles!

Owlproject.org were fantastic - they gave an interesting talk about the owls and bats and gave us a great perspective on why we need owls and bats in our environment. They ran a super exciting activity where the kids searched for owl pellets and then dissected them to find out what they had been eating - rats, mice and even squirrels! 

Thanks to all those who attended and brought their friends and families with! You guys made it the best!"












St Johns Owl Talk.

Date: 11 September 2018.

Location: St John's Prep School, Linden, Gauteng South Africa.


Saint John's Prep School is identified as one of our release school which has a release pen installed within their school premises. We visited the school to deliver and owl talk, place the two Barn Owls ( Tyto.alba) in the release pen and also involved the learners in our owl pellet dissection.

The children really enjoyed having us at their school. They are excited to have the opportunity to care for the owls for a period of 21 days.












Birdfair 2018.

Date: 8th-9th September 2018.

Location: Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens.

The main annual highlight of the project, is the annual owl art project which we showcase at the Birdlife SA's Bird Fair.

Our workshop is brought to a halt, the admin office is out as we all prepare for the Bird Fair. The Bird Fair occurred over the weekend of 8 and 9 September at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens in Roodepoort.

This is the time that owlproject.org displays all the owl artwork that kids in Alexandra Township have created. This year’s art project was colouring-in owl masks and these kids wowed everyone. The masks were all so unique – various patterns, colours and some were covered in glitter.

The weekend was made even more memorable as owlproject.org invited kids from the schools who participated in this year’s art project to the botanical gardens. They loved the event, especially the gardens, the waterfall, the Verreaux eagles (aquila verreauxii) and even watched the Bird Fair’s puppet show.

The kids were so proud of their artworks and proud of being owl friendly children. They even started singing one of their well-known songs of invitation to invite everyone to see their art.

 




Steyn City School owl talk and owl pellet dissection.

Date: 06 September 2018.

Location: Steyn City School, Dainfern Gauteng South Africa.

We have had an awesome opportunity to deliver an educational owl talk at Steyn City School. The learners waited in anticipation to learn about the owls and their characteristics after caring for two Barn Owls (Tyto alba) released from their school through our release programme.

It's always a wonderful sight when the children's faces lighten up upon the sight of the owls, it grabs their attention and focus, it creates a picture in their minds which they will never forget.
The children participated in the owl pellet analysis which contributes to our national database where we identify the rodent species. Each pellet had coordinates of the specific study site and it is essential to not mix up the results. the children who participate in the owl pellet analysis, play an important role within the project.




Tirisano Mmogo Primary School.

Date: 31 August 2018.

Location: Cosmo City, Randburg, Gauteng South Africa.

We delivered an educational owl talk at Tirisano Mmogo Primary in Cosmo City, in collaboration with Eco Culture Sechaba Foundation to educate children about owls.

The children also participated in our owl pellet analysis, which contributes to our national research database where we identify the rodent species.

Each learner received an owl pellet with coordinates in order to assess the study site.

The children were exposed to the owl pellets for the first time. At first, they didn't like the sight of the fur ball. Most people think an owl pellet is made up of "poo" of which is wrong. Owl pellets are made up of what the owl cannot break down after eating. Owls swallow their prey whole, once all the nutrients have been absorbed, they spit the remains in a form of a fur ball which is called a pellet. 

When the learners put on their masks and pushed the tweezers into the fur ball and discovered bones, they got fascinated as they could easily identify the skulls using the provided skeleton key. They went on to dissect the pellets and took out all the bones they could find inside the fur using the magnifying glass.

Tirisano Mmogo currently has two occupied owl boxes of two different owl species which are mostly common in Gauteng area; the Spotted Eagle Owl ( Bubo africanus) and the Barn Owls ( Tyto alba)

The children at Tirisano Mmogo, form a part of our owl ambassadors movement. They watch over the owls within their school and neighbourhood. The learners really appreciated the opportunity to learn that there is more to owls than they have thought.

We held a Q&A session about owls and amazingly none of them had a mythological or superstitious view about owls.