The bird woman of Black Mountain tells a powerful story

Unlike most of us, including the majority of parents I know, Canberra's Penny Olsen has made a lasting contribution to the biological richness and diversity of the blue planet.

A renowned bird expert and author, the Black Hill resident initiated a program to preserve the Norfolk Island subspecies of the southern boobook owl 30 years ago.

Ms Olsen does more than make history however. Her latest project has involved popularising knowledge of the evolving perceptions of Australian predatory birds since the arrival of Europeans.

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