Ecology and Conservation of Owls
Proceedings Of the Owls 2000 Conference
by Ian Newton
Edition: 1st., 2000
The Australasian Raptor Association (ARA) is proud to have initiated and hosted Owls 2000 which was held in Canberra at the Australian National University, 19–23 January 2000. More than 130delegates attended the conference from ten different countries. Fifty-one papers, presentations and workshops, covering a broad perspective of owl conservation and scientific exploration were presented during the conference. Fourteen poster papers and technical tours to the Australian National Wildlife Collection, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Kosciuszko National Park augmented the formal proceedings. Following the conference, some of the delegates took the opportunity to observe Australia’s owls in the wild during the post-conference tour to New South Wales and Victoria. From all accounts our delegates found the event rewarding at many levels and without doubt the conference proved to be a huge success. From this conference the editorial team, led by Professor Ian Newton, has produced a significant repository of information on the owls of the world with a particular focus on the Australasian region. This will not only form a useful reference on what we currently know about owls but also serves as a benchmark on which to develop future scientific and conservation activities on this fascinating group of birds. The ARA will continue to support this important pursuit of knowledge and will endeavour to host similar
conferences in the future.