The Margaret River Region in Western Australia is a biodiversity hotspot with an amazing array of endemic wildlife including the secretive South West Masked Owl.
Our wildlife is under threat.
Some of the most common rat baits (rodenticides) are attractive and lethal not only to their intended target but to our pets and to wildlife such as Quenda and Possums. Birds of prey and nocturnal wildlife, especially Owls, are weakened and killed through ‘secondary poisoning’ from their baited prey.
The Masked Owl has inspired our campaign to make the region a safe haven from rodenticide poisoning. Three years of obsessive nocturnal detective work by local enthusiasts has revealed a mosaic of Masked Owl territories across our landscape. Through Facebook, our Masked Owl families have developed a dedicated following as their stories have unfolded.