International Footprint

Over the past 20 years, has made an impact across the South African Borders. Art in Houston, Minnesota, USA

 In 2017, received the Special Achievement Award from the International Owl Centre in Houston, Minnesota. 

In March 2018, Jonathan Haw from South Africa accepted the award at the 16th annual International Festival of Owls. On the acceptance of this very special award, was officially inaugurated into the Owl Hall of Fame. 

We continue to work closely with Karla and Hein Bloem and all the team at the International Owl Centre and Jonathan has become a long-standing panel member on the judging of other recipients of this prestigious acknowledgement. 

 It is wonderful to see children from Alexandra Township in South Africa displaying their unique and beautiful owl art on the other side of the world!



World Owl Conference 2017 

In September 2017, Jonathan Haw, an director was fortunate enough to attend the World Owl Conference in Evora, Portugal. Over a 5 day period, he was fascinated by owl experts and their scientific presentations. On behalf of Jonathan presented a paper on “From Cures to Curses – Owls and their place in Traditional medicine in Southern Africa” and additionally, was a panel member on the Owl Education Workshop. This panel consisted of members from India, Nepal, USA, the UK and South Africa. The conference ended with a strong call for further collaboration between the countries that attended.









The Times of India 

"From carriers of spirits to cure for insomnia, myths surround owls across the world"

View the article here. 


About visiting schools in Austria:

“The Duerrenstein Wilderness Area was justifiably nominated as the first UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in Austria. That unique area is an international treasure and is offering habitat for rare species. Furthermore, it is teaching current generations how vulnerable our ecosystem is. It is our mission to pass on knowledge and also the efforts for the conservation of our nature, that is why projects and collaborations with schools are that important.”

Deputy governor of Lower Austria Stephan Pernkopf 

































Feedback on the tour in Austria (translated) Collaboration between Township Owl Project, Duerrenstein Wilderness Area, Owl and Raptor Centre OAW Linz, School NMS Goestling, School SSND 



“Privatschule Friesgasse Vienna. Very impressive!!!!! Wow!!”

David J.


Continent connecting owl project. Exemplary how globally it can be collaborated.”

Ernestus S.


“You have been really very active and the diversity of the school projects is remarkable and impressive. Thank you again for the very interesting presentation evening in Vienna. I was pleased to find out that the project is organised much more complexly than expected – with social, political, economic, ecological, educational, ... aspects.”



“It was a very interesting presentation and a successful informational event! Congratulations!”

Major of Goestling /Ybbs Friedrich Fahrnberger 


We all were participating in the school owl project with and the Duerrenstein Wilderness Area with full enthusiasm and found the project amazing! We would be happy about a continuation of the project or a similar project."

School director Goestling/Ybbs Josef N 


"It was great. An unforgettable impression. Thank you again, Ingrid and Jonathan. I wish Jonathan a good journey home and hope that we are going to meet again. Heartfelt greetings."

Biology teacher Vienna Karin K


"A fantastic insight into the project. Very, very interesting and I can only feel admiration! You, Ingrid and Jonathan, have done a super job!!!! Really fantastic."

Rupi H


"Owl fever has broken out during three weeks of owl school project in the school NMS Göstling.Very cool. Very professional. Your enthusiasm is infectious. Heartfelt wishes for the day today. Some of our kids already had contact to the kids in South Africa over the weekend. I hope your owl events of the week did work out well. Thank you very, very much for the pictures! Many kids have."

Teacher Goestling/Ybbs Claudia B


"It is impressive what one person, Jonathan, has established and which big difference he and his team is making for conservation and in society and how many people are reached by his work. Everyone can only love what they know. The world needs more such idealists."

Viktoria K


"Beautifully made! It was a pleasure! Any time happily again! The event was proficiently organized and made. Congratulations to you!"



"It was a very interesting evening. The topic was very well explained. Everything was fantastic!"



" was very cool. I got the opportunity to talk with Jonathan for quite a long time. Really awesome what was established and how many Barn Owls are living there. Great that you initiated school projects with such commitment and enthusiasm in different schools in Austria."

Stefan K


"For me is was absolutely unforgettable. You are doing such an amazing and important work, it is so much fun, it leaves clues and you make such a difference in the society and for conservation. Thank you for your commitment and for your precious visit in Austria!"

Ingrid K 




- Jonathan Haw, Founder of & Owl Conservationist of the Year 2017




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