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June 2017

Star Swamp Bushland—Golly Walk

28 June, 10:00 am
Star Swamp, Henderson Environmental Centre, end of Groat Street
North Beach, WA Australia
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Star Swamp Bushland is a 96 hectare, Class-A reserve and comprises 4 ha of semi-permanent freshwater lake with paperbark trees and 92 ha of banksia, tuart, jarrah and marri woodlands, and areas of low heath. Star Swamp provides a breeding site and sanctuary for both waterbirds and other bushland bird species with over 65 species of birds being recorded. The bushland is also an important habitat for species of reptiles, insects, and spiders. Over a dozen species of orchids occur…

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30 June

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July 2017

Kitty’s Gorge

2 July, 9:30 am-3:30 pm
Kitty’s Gorge, Serpentine National Park, Atkins Road Carpark
Jarrahdale, WA Australia
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A scenic walk in the Serpentine National Park, down to Gooralong Brook and then along it, back up. The creek has cascades and waterfalls and lunch is on a large rock outcrop in the creek bed . The walk is just under 12km with some steep rocky sections.

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Dune Mobility and Geohazards

7 July, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Mike Freeman, WA Dept of Mines & Petroleum is the speaker tonight on Dune mobility and geohazards  Sand dunes between Perth and Geraldton are a little-recognised but important geohazard. The whole area within about five kilometres of the coast consists of stabilised dunes, with up to about fifty still moving. A study has shown that they move at an average of eleven meters per year. This doesn’t seem like a great distance but there is evidence that some have migrated…

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Carnivorous Plants of WA

12 July, 10:00 am-12:30 pm
Naturalists’ Club Library, First Floor 82 Beaufort St.
Perth, WA 6000 Australia
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Laura Skates will talk to us about Carnivorous plants of WA.   RSVP’s required Contact:  Margot Bentley or use the RSVP ticket system to let her know.  With the RSVP system you can even advise that you would have liked to come but are unable to do so

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Common reptiles in the Perth Hills, with Ashleigh Wolfe.

14 July, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm

Want to know about the reptiles in the Perth Hills? Come join us for this inspiring and information packed night with Ashleigh Wolfe. She will help you learn how to identify the different reptiles, snakes, lizards, etc we get in the Perth Hills and to understand their behaviour, She will also ltell us about the results of her PhD studies ... where she examined dugites and bobtails and their diet, home range, and behavioural responses when approached by a human. Come join us!

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Yangebup Lake

16 July, 9:30 am-3:30 pm
Yangebup Lake, Yangebup Lake
Yangebup, WA 6164 Australia
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A reasonably flat walk, about 12 km on paths and tracks. There is plenty of birdlife, so it is worth bringing binoculars, if you like.

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Nature walk in Kelmscott Bushland

28 July, 8:30 am-11:00 am
Good Shepherd Primary School, Kelmscott, 15 Arbuthnot St
Kelmscott, Western Australia 6111 Australia
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Please note this is a MEMBERS ONLY EVENT. The DRB Nats. are teaming up with Good Shepherd Primary School in Kelmscott to help inspire and educate the teachers and year 6 students in an understanding and love of their local natural history. As members we are sure you will learn and see a lot too. The school has 10 acres of native bush on the property that is suitable for nature walks with the children and for our members who…

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Yanchep National Park (Ghost House Trail)

30 July, 9:30 am-3:30 pm
Yanchep National Park, cnr Indian Ocean Dr, Old Yanchep Rd
Yanchep, WA 6035 Australia
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The Ghost House Walk Trail offers plenty of interest and variety as it passes through Tuart forest, Banksia woodlands and coastal heath.

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August 2017

Bird-watching in your garden 3 (Belmont): Healthy Birds, Healthy Gardens, with Mike & Rachel Green

19 August, 9:15 am-12:00 pm
Function room, City of Belmont Civic Centre, 215 Wright Street
Cloverdale, Western Australia Australia
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This is the third of three Saturday morning workshops in 3 different locations across the winter months, following the success of our daytime natural history course which was a sell out. In conjunction with EMRC and the City of Belmont. Rachel and Mike will talk about how to identify the birds in your garden, how to attract birds to your garden, what birds eat, how to use birdbaths, bird perches and bird boxes, and more. Mike will even teach you the secret art of "bird shushing" to bring birds closer to you and show you his (nearly famous) pallid cuckoo call that even the pallid cuckoos think is a cuckoo! They'll also show you many excellent photographs of the birds, play videos of them so you can practise identifying them, and they'll teach you how to use Michael Morcombe's "Birds of Australia" App to help identify birds and their calls wherever you go in Australia. And there will be a special segment on how to keep the birds in your garden healthy - what to feed them on and what not to! There will even be morning tea provided and you can bring photographs of birds in your garden if you want them identified. See you there! Please book in by 4th August.

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September 2017

Flora and Fauna of the Gondwana Link at Chingarrup Sanctuary, with Eddy Wajon.

8 September, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion, End of Crescent Rd.
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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Our excursion to Twin Creeks Reserve on the September long weekend, involves a significant block of land in the Gondwana Link. In this talk, we are going to hear about another area of land in the Gondwana Link, Chingarrup Sanctuary, the flora and fauna of which will, in many ways, mirror what is being seen at Twin Creeks. The GondwanaLink, is a plan to restore a 1000km swathe of remnant bushland from WA’s southwest to the edge of the Nullarbor Plain. Chingarrup Sanctuary, a 571 ha block at Boxwood Hill near Ongerup, is in the Gondwana Link and contains an estimated 500 flora species and about 600 species of fauna, including 14 mammals, 30 reptiles, 106 birds, 250 moths, 59 ants and 28 spiders. The sanctuary is owned by wildflower expert and author of "The colour guides to the spring flowers of WA", Eddy Wajon, and he will be our speaker. How lucky are we? Please come and join us.

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19 September-25 September

PRELIMINARY INFORMATION: HELENA AND AURORA RANGES LONG RANGE EXCURSION Tuesday 19 to Monday 25 September This year the Club will be organising an excursion to the Helena and Aurora Range (HAR), one of only a few banded-ironstone ranges in the Great Western Woodlands that remain intact. The HAR provides a sanctuary for birds, reptiles, mammals, and plants, some of which are not found anywhere else on earth, but is under threat from mining operations. This is a tag-along 4WD trip…

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