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February 2018

POINT PERON BEACH SWEEP—with the KRM BRANCH

25 February, 8:00 am
Peron Foreshore Park, Peron Foreshore Park
Peron, 6168 Australia
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Location: Point Peron, Rockingham Time: 8.00am Meet: At the parking area on the right hand side Bring: Binoculars, camera, drinks, snacks etc. Contact: 0408 618 975 (Colin) for further details.

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SNORKELLING at Coogee—with MAIN CLUB & YOUNG NATS

25 February, 8:30 am
Coogee Maritime Trail, Omeo Park, Socrates Parade
North Coogee, WA 6163 Australia
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Note: Young Nats must be 10 years or over and must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult in the water. The Young Nat must be a capable swimmer. Participants must be Club Members We will be going on the Coogee Maritime Trail  You might like to view these two short videos taken on the trail  VIDEO 1           VIDEO 2 Time: 8.30am Activities: Snorkelling, identifying marine organisms Bring: Face mask, snorkel, fins, water and snacks, sun-cream…

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March 2018

Cleanup Australia Day, Walk & BBQ—with Main Club

4 March, 4:30 pm-6:30 pm
Deep Water Point, Deep Water Point Reserve, The Esplanade,
Mt Pleasant, WA Australia
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Venue: Deep Water Point, The Esplanade, Mt Pleasant—part of the Marli River Park Directions: From Canning Hwy turn south just over the bridge into The Esplanade. If coming from the west turn right at the lights at Sleat Rd and then first left, then right into The Esplanade. Park at the Point next to the boat ramp/trailer parking. Time: 4.30pm for nature/rubbish collecting walk 6.00pm for picnic (BBQ available) Bring: Willingness to cleanup Australia and enjoy another river park. Food…

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Western Shield: How it is managing WA’s threatened fauna in the Perth Hills and beyond.

9 March, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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Western Shield is the Department of Parks and Wildlife's lead animal conservation program. It is one of the biggest wildlife conservation programs ever undertaken in Australia. It has a particular focus on threatened species. Michelle has thousands of photographs and video footage of native animals to choose from, and will bring examples from the work Western Shield does in the Perth Hills. She will also talk about: Mammal extinctions in Australia, how DBCA helps to manage populations of threatened species, how you can help as interested citizens, and the camera monitoring techniques and equipment they use. Come join us!

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“Birds in your garden, street and reserve in City of Cockburn” workshop

17 March, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Training Room, Spearwood Library, City of Cockburn administration centre, 9 Coleville Cres
SPEARWOOD, Western Australia Australia
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Mike and Rachel Green will talk about how to identify the birds in your garden, reserve or street in the City of Cockburn. They will explain what the different birds look like, what features to look out for when identifying them, what birds eat, how to use birdbaths, bird perches and bird boxes, and more. They will help you tell the difference between all those special birds we call "LBBs" - little brown birds, give you time to practise identifying real birds, and explain what types of plants and conditions are needed to attract more birds to your garden. The workshop has received fabulous feedback and this is the first time they have presented for the City of Cockburn. Join them for an inspiring and informative morning - and it's free!

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Bird watching in Blackadder Creek Reserve, Stratton.

18 March, 8:45 am-11:00 am
Blackadder Creek Reserve, Stratton, Tatlock Way
Stratton, Western Australia Australia
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Come join our bird watching expedition and survey of Blackadder Creek Reserve, in the City of Swan. We are there at the invitation of David Richards, co-ordinator of the Friends of Blackadder Creek Reserve to help him identify the birds in the Reserve. He is also interested in documenting black cockatoo activity as many black cockatoos visit there - both red and white tailed varieties. It is the day after the bird workshop so you can apply the knowledge and skills you gained in the workshop, in the wild.

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April 2018

Frogs of the Perth Hills: their calls, identification and life-cycles.

13 April, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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A lively talk on frogs so you can learn more about frogs, especially the frogs in the Perth Hills: their calls, identification and lifestyles. He will cover how to recognise them, what they each sound like, how they live, the frog life cycle, what they eat, how they breed, how to attract them to our gardens ... everything about them really!

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WHALE WATCHING TRIP TO PERTH CANYON—with the MAIN CLUB

15 April, 7:30 am-4:00 pm
Perth Canyon Western Australia Australia

See pygmy blue whales feeding off krill aggregations in the Perth Canyon (a marine wildlife hotspot 30 nautical miles off the coast of Perth, WA in places up to 4km deep) which is rarely visited. We may also see dolphins, other whale species, shark, fish and pelagic birds. This excursion is with a commercial whale watching tour company,  see their website: Whale Watch WA. See this link for blogs of the 2017 : Blue whale tours Meet: Sardine Jetty, Fremantle…

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Flora and fauna survey 4: Bush area in Kelmscott where the scarp and flats intersect.

28 April, 8:45 am-11:00 am
15 Arbuthnot St, Kelmscott., 15 Arbuthnot St
Kelmscott, WA 6111 Australia
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This is our fourth survey. It is for the season of Djeran - Autumn - April-May. Please help us! There are small areas of near pristine bush which represent the unique flora and flora of the area - half-way between the scarp and the flats. We found over 54 plant species on our first survey alone. It has surprised us how much we have found - and we want to find more. It really does change each season - we find different flowers, insects and birds each time. We need photographers, list takers, people who can upload items to the Atlas of Living Australia and experts and enthusiasts who can identify everything we find from reptiles, insects and flowers, to birds, trees and fungi. Join us.

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May 2018

The geology of the Perth hills and local area, with Mike Freeman

11 May, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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This talk will set the scene for our next excursion looking at the geology of Gooseberry Hill. The excursion will round off our knowledge in a practical way.

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A practical examination of the geology of Gooseberry Hill, with Mike Freeman

20 May, 10:00 am-12:30 pm

We will spend 2 hours looking at the rocks in the Gooseberry Hill area and appreciating their genesis and evolution. We will be guided by geologist, Mike Freeman.

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June 2018

Long-weekend excursion to Kulin, Eastern Wheatbelt

1 June, 3:00 pm-4 June, 12:30 pm

The DRB Nats are going to Kulin for the June long weekend excursion. Kulin is a town in the Eastern Wheatbelt, approximately 280 km from Perth. It is the main town in the Shire of Kulin. We will be guests of local nature lover Robin Campbell. There is a range of accommodation available and a range of interesting natural history activities. It may be cold at night so there is ample accommodation on the caravan site and at Camp Kulin and in the hotel. They have an herbarium of the local wildflowers we will be able to visit. This is only tentative information so far - more definite information will be provided over the coming weeks.

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