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April 2018

Spectacles Nature Reserve|KRM Branch

22 April, 9:00 am
The Spectacles, 134 McLaughlan Road
Postans, WA Australia
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Meet: At the main parking area on McLaughlan Road, Postans, City of Kwinana Bring: Binoculars, camera, drinks, snacks etc. Contact: Ailsa or Bert) for further details.

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Bold Park|Bushwalking Group

22 April, 9:30 am
Bold Park, Bold Park
Perry Lakes Drive, Floreat, WA 6015 Australia
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  Location: City Beach/Mt Claremont Time: 9:30 for 10:00 start Meet: Car park, Wollaston Rd . Details: An easy walk on made paths, about 8 km. Wear clothes appropriate to the weather (i.e. hat / rainwear) and suitable footwear. Bring morning tea, lunch and drinking water. Contact: Jim Everett,

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THE 2018 SERVENTY MEMORIAL LECTURE|Dr Noel Nannup

24 April, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
Social Sciences Lecture Theatre, UWA., Hackett Drive
Nedlands, WA Australia
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Synergies:
Living in a Land that Demands Movement
Noongar people were able to survive in the South-West of WA because they moved as resources changed through the six seasons of the year. An understanding of Noongar culture is a valuable insight into the nature of this ancient land.

Well-known and respected Noongar Elder Dr Noel Nannup is a story teller and cultural guide, instructor and mentor. He is Heritage Consultant with Indigenous Tours WA and Elder in Residence at Edith Cowan University. Noel will share his wisdom and understanding of culture and nature and discuss his collaboration with Professor Stephen Hopper in the landmark film ...

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Flora and fauna survey 4: Bush area in Kelmscott where the scarp and flats intersect – with the DRB

28 April, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
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 at the DRB

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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Ever been curious about the geology of the Perth hills and local area, and wanted to know what the rocks are that you can see? Have you ever looked at the Perth Hills and asked why they follow a north-south line? Maybe you've wondered why some of their rocks are brown while others are grey? Do you know the difference between granite and dolerite or what a nice piece of gneiss looks like? If you don’t know the answers to these questions but would like to know what they are, then come along to our talk tonight and have all your geological questions answered with our speaker Mike Freeman, Project Geologist. The talk will set us up to better understand the features we will see in the quarry on the excursion on the following weekend. And we have our "kid's talk", our "nature table", our door prizes, and our "Apps for Nats" segment which this month is on a new App to help you identify spiders. Come join us for a fascinating night at the DRB Nats.

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Cheynes Beach for the Notley Late Easter Camp

14 May, 8:00 am-18 May, 5:00 pm
Cheynes Beach, Cheynes Beach Caravan Park
12 Bald Island Road, Waychinicup, WA Australia
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The Notley Late Easter Camp for 2018 at Cheynes Beach will enable us to explore Waychinicup National Park as well as the environs of Cheynes Beach. Excellent birding is available as well as the wonderful beach. Mt Manypeaks is within the park and may provide good opportunities for exploring and bush walks. Waychinicup river also provides interesting explorations with the old sealers' oven on the east side of the river, away from the main camping and picnic area. For our…

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A practical examination of the geology of Mountain Quarry Boya, with Mike Freeman – at the DRB

20 May, 10:00 am-12:30 pm
Mountain Quarry Boya, Coulston Road
Boya, Western Australia Australia
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We will spend 2 hours looking at the rocks in the Mountain Quarry in Boya, and appreciating their genesis and evolution. We will be guided by geologist, Mike Freeman. We will study the nature of the Darling Range Batholith, examples of the Boyagin Dolerite Dyke Swarm and the the nature of the dolerite, rock structures and the development of soils through the weathering of the rocks. WARNING: You enter the quarry at your own risk. Mike says: The quarry has walls up to 50 metres high, and though pretty stable, rocks can be dislodged to hit a person standing near the base of the walls. In addition, it is a favourite place for rock-climbing and so we will probably have a bit of competition (friendly) while there. Please consider wearing a hard hat if you are concerned about your safety.

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June 2018

Geraldton Area|Long Weekend Excursion

1 June, 2:00 pm-4 June, 12:00 pm
Geraldton Area, Drummond Cove Caravan Park, 1633 N W Coastal Hwy
Buller, WA 6532 Australia
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This  Western Australian Day Long Weekend:- Come with us to visit the natural areas of Chapman Valley, Burma Road Nature Reserve, Greenough River, Ellendale pool and take in the scenery from Mills Point Look-out and Waggrakine Cutting Lookout, to name but a few. This excursion is for both bird lovers and people more interested in seeing different areas, from sea-side to the Moresby Ranges and observing local flora and fauna. We will base ourselves at Drummond Cove Holiday Park, located approximately 15km north…

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June long-weekend excursion to Kulin, Eastern Wheatbelt – with the DRB

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

Join us on an exciting natural history weekend with the DRB Nats and local naturalists at Kulin for the June long weekend excursion. Kulin is a town in the Eastern Wheatbelt, approximately 280 km from Perth. We have managed to book Camp Kulin an internationally recognised centre with all facilities at only $25 per person per night. Or book into the caravan site and decide how much you want to pay. They have an herbarium of the local wildflowers we will be able to visit. An exciting trip - locals will join us too - with much natural history to see including rare plants.

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The wallabies of south-west WA, with a focus on the Perth Hills, by Dr Nicole Willers – at the DRB

8 June, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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Nicole will talk about the wallabies of south-west WA, focusing on those around the Perth Hills. She will discuss the difference between a wallaby and kangaroo, and the different types of wallabies in terms of biology, habitat, threats, etc. She will include lots of interesting information and photographs on wallabies from her research. She has unique data and vision collected through the use of remote cameras. A night not to be missed by animal lovers whether they be amateurs or scientists, children or adults. There will be something for everyone.

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Flora and fauna survey 5: Bush area in Kelmscott where the scarp and flats intersect – with the DRB

23 June, 9:00 am-11:00 am
15 Arbuthnot St, Kelmscott., 15 Arbuthnot St
Kelmscott, WA 6111 Australia
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The DRB Nats are surveying a 12 acre bush block in Kelmscott for each of the six Nyoongar seasons during 2017/2018. This is our fifth survey for the season of Makuru - Winter - June-July. 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 and had recorded 22 bird species by the end of the second survey. 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. Join us.

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July 2018

Studying nature from the air: The use of drones for collecting natural history data with Andrew Moore – at the DRB

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

Andrew D Moore, Chief Remote Pilot and Scientist will explain the use of drones for natural history projects with specific reference to work he has done in the Perth Hills. He will explain what a drone is, the work he has done for Murdoch University monitoring the forest along the Scarp for the impact of climate change, his work with Simon Cherriman filming Wedge-tailed Eagles, monitoring tree plantings for Carbon Neutral, and his seagrass, mangrove, and rehabilitation monitoring in Shark Bay ... and more! He has some spectacular vision to show us too. Not to be missed! Bring the children too!

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