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June 2018

Paganoni Swamp Reserve Fungi Walk

24 June, 9:00 am
Paganoni Swamp Reserve Perth, Australia

—with the KWINANA-ROCKINGHAM-MANDURAH BRANCH Meet: Powerline track gate (750 m east of Mandurah Road) Bring: Camera, binoculars, drinks, snacks etc

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Baigup Wetlands¦Golly Walk

27 June, 10:00 am
Baigup Wetlands, Bayswater Paddlesports Carpark
Bayswater, Australia
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—with the NORTHERN SUBURBS BRANCH Meet: Hinds Reserve, at the end of Milne St, Bayswater. If you arrive late, walk under the Garratt Rd bridge to find us. The reserve is a roughly 200m wide crescent of Swan River flood plain. It features extensive near pristine sedge plains along the river where endemic Juncus kraussii dominates with an overstorey in some sections of remnant Freshwater Paperbarks (Melaleuca rhaphiophylla) and Flooded Gums (Eucalyptus rudis). Extensive wetlands, including freshwater swamps, tidal marshlands, acid/saline scalds and…

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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
Perth, Australia + Google Map

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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Nature & fungi walk through the Northern part of the Glen Forrest Super Block – at the DRB

29 July, 9:45 am-12:30 pm
Glen Forrest Super Block, cnr Sealey Road & Tillbrook Street
Glen Forest, Western Australia 6071 Australia
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Come and join us on an excursion to the Northern part of the Glen Forrest Super Block. We will be joined by the Friends of the Reserve. The Super Block is a large area (about 44ha) adjacent to a section of the railway reserves heritage trail. It is a large remnant of native vegetation that supports a range of local wildlife. It has Land for Wildlife status. It represents a typical Jarrah/Marri/Sheoak woodland with an understorey comprised of a wide variety of native flora. We will focus on fungi as well as other local flora and birds.

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August 2018

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

10 August, 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 is a very special night. There will be five live birds of prey on display and Yvonne Sitko, owner/operator, of the Western Australian Birds of Prey Centre, will help us learn how to identify birds of prey, their diet, 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. It will be a night to stand in awe of, and understand more deeply, this misunderstood group of birds.

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Mount Gibson Sanctuary¦Excursion

17 August-20 August

Excursion to Mt Gibson Sanctuary – Early notice Activities: Mt Gibson Sanctuary straddles the Mulga-Eucalypt line and has therefore very diverse habitat communities, some of which we will be exploring. If possible we will participate in a survey or research carried out in the sanctuary by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) and might see some of the wildlife that has been reintroduced, such as numbats and bilbies. Access: With dry conditions, 2-wheel drive to the campground is possible. 4-WD is…

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Flora and fauna survey 6: Bush area in Kelmscott where the scarp and flats intersect – with the DRB

25 August, 9:00 am-11:00 am

This is our final survey of a bush block in Kelmscott. It has been a fascinating journey of discovery so far. It is for the season of Djilba - First spring - August-September. 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 in October 2017 and we want to find more in our last attempt. This will give us the chance to add to our fungi sightings too. Please help us! 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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September 2018

Butterflies of the Perth Hills with Eric McCrum – at the DRB Nats

14 September, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
Perth, Australia + Google Map

Topic: Butterflies of the Perth Hills and beyond. How to identify them, what plants they are attracted to and more. With Eric McCrum, famous as "Birdman" on the ABC.

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Alan Anderson Walk Trail Walliston – with the DRB

23 September, 10:00 am-26 September, 12:30 pm
Perth, Australia + Google Map

On Sunday 23rd September we are going to look at the flowers, birds and other natural history at Alan Anderson Park. Details shortly.

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October 2018

The fascinating world of carnivorous plants – at the DRB

12 October, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia

Carnivorous plants capture and digest prey to gain nutrition from them, but how hungry are they? Western Australia hosts the world's greatest diversity of carnivorous plants, including sundews, bladderworts, rainbow plants, the endemic Albany pitcher plant, and the rare aquatic waterwheel plant. This is your opportunity to learn all about them from Laura Skates, especially the ones we will find in the Perth Hills and the variety of methods they use to trap their prey. Of course, you'll also find out just how hungry they are and where they get their nutrients from! You'll never look at sundews or other carnivorous plants in them in the same way again!

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Wildflower Quiz with a twist, and DRB Members’ Only Social Night – with the DRB

20 October, 3:00 pm-9:30 pm
Roleystone Roleystone, WA 6111 Australia + Google Map

How well do you know your wildflowers? Following the huge success of the flower quiz last year we have chosen a different time of year so you see different flowers. We have a whole new section of wildflowers this year too, as we have removed most of the grapefruit trees and designed a bird garden to take their place. There will be four activities. A hunt for a carnivorous plant. A wildflower quiz with a twist: this time all the flowers will be labelled but 5 incorrectly - your job will be to work out which they are. Then a meal to share. Finally, a members' photos night, where each member is invited to bring up to 12 photos of natural history to show. Numbers are limited so book early. It was a huge success last year. DRB members only.

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November 2018

Talk and AGM – at the DRB on November 9th 2018

9 November, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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You are invited to the DRB to our AGM and a talk, the topic of which is to be announced. The AGM will include a report by the Chairperson explaining the progress the DRB has made in 2018, the highlights of the year in photographic form, and ideas for our direction in 2019. Please join us. A new committee will also be announced - if you are a DRB member please feel able to nominate.

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