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Western Australian Birds of Prey – live and up close – at the DRB

10 August 2018, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm


Topic: Western Australian Birds of Prey – complete with five live birds, including some owls, a falcon and a hawk, at least … and maybe something else special too. You’ll have to come to find out!

Speaker: Yvonne Sitko, Owner/operator, of the Western Australian Birds of Prey Centre.
Yvonne has been involved in the rehabilitation, education and conservation of birds of prey since 2000. She has a background in land, parks and wildlife management and has travelled to a number of countries working with over 150 different species of birds of prey. In the beginning she started out as a volunteer wildlife carer and spent many hours learning from mentors how to return sick and injured birds back into the wild. In 2005, she started to evolve the education in Perth and bringing awareness to birds of prey. She established the Raptor flying displays in Whiteman Park, Mussel Pool West which gives the public an ‘up close and personal encounter’ with birds of prey flying free. In 2007, Auzzie, a 4.5kg Wedge-tailed Eagle became her greatest achievement when she developed a partnership with the West Coast Eagles; Auzzie now flies at every home game in Perth and lives at the centre. Birds of prey are her life’s passion and she continues to educate at schools, special needs centres, environmental centres and corporate groups. She also continues to assist with over 100 birds coming in for help each year. Yvonne is passionate about the survival of these magnificent birds for future generations.

Topic: Yvonne will help us learn how to identify birds of prey, as this is not always easy when they are high in the sky! She will also tell us about their diet and where they can be found, and give us an insight on how unique these birds are, what role they play in our environment and how susceptible they are to human activity. She will bring five live birds with her, and on the night there might be a chance to hold and touch them, (this will depend on numbers). It will be a night to stand in awe of, and understand more deeply, this group of misunderstood birds.

For more information on the Birds of Prey Centre: http://wabirdsofprey.com and https://www.facebook.com/wabirdsofprey/

Date: Friday 10th August 2018 at 7.15pm for a 7.30 prompt start.

Venue: Jorgensen Park Pavilion, Crescent Road, Off Mundaring Weir Road, Kalamunda.


  1. Kids talk: A short talk by Kevn Griffiths on “Making a fungal spore print” … a great activity for children to do as it is fungi time … but of interest to the adults too!.
  2. Apps for Nats. Each month one of our members, Kendra Campbell, gives a 5 minute overview of, and shows, a reputable App which covers an aspect of natural history. This month she will be presenting MIchael Morcombe’s Guide to Birds of Australia. It costs about $30. All options of the full version of the App are available here – http://www.mydigitalearth.com/dproducts/morcombeinfo.html There is also a free trial version – Birds of Australia LITE – which only covers 59 species but it means you can try it out …. https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/michael-morcombe-david-stewart-eguide-to-birds-australia/id539890367?mt=8  The DRB Nats takes this app on its excursions and has found it very useful – including for children as it has all the bird calls on it as well as the pictures.
  3. A monthly nature competition for children. When a child (under 16) comes along to a meeting they are invited to bring a drawing, craft work, story, study or video on the topic to the next meeting. Small prizes are given each month, and at our Christmas event children are invited to bring back all their entries and a grand prize is given. Thus, any child who was at our July talk on Drones can enter the competition this month. Anyone attending this Birds of Prey night can enter the competition in September 2018.
  4. A “Nature road show”. Members and visitors are encouraged to bring items to place on the display table, e.g. a sample flower, a sample of geology, an insect, and so on – anything of natural history interest that has legally been obtained. One of our experts will identify them or talk about them, or the person bringing them can talk about where they saw it, etc. If you wish to show a photograph please email it, no later than the day before, to Rachel, our MC, and she will include it on her PowerPoint slides: DRB@wanaturalists.org.au


Time: Please come early at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start as it will be a VERY popular night and we start promptly. We are open from 7pm. We finish at 9.30pm.

Venue: “Home of the DRB”, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, Crescent Road, off Mundaring Weir Road, Kalamunda, Western Australia.

Level: This will be suitable for children, teenagers and adults, amateurs and scientists, beginners and those with advanced knowledge … bring the whole family. Last time we had a talk with live animals we had a record number of children attending and much excitement … and we all learnt a great deal too. I am sure this night will be no exception.

Donation: We invite a donation of $3 per person for adult members ($0 for child members), and $5 per adult visitor and $1 per visiting child. Includes tea and coffee and home-made food and biscuits!

Our gratitude: We thank the Harper sisters for making this night possible, as we are using some of the money from the bequest they left the DRB Nats to help fund this special evening.

Door prizes: You could also be the lucky winner of a door prize. There are prizes for both members and visitors.

Bookings: Bookings are not required. Come early to get a seat at the front though as this will be a popular night. Doors open at 7pm.



10 August 2018
7:15 pm-9:30 pm
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Rachel Green: DRB@wanaturalists.org.au ph: 0436-448-647


“Home of the DRB”
Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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