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AGM 2019 + the Fauna of Kings Park

1 February, 7:30 pm-8:00 pm

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2019 The Annual General Meeting of the Western Australian Naturalists’ Club (Inc.) will be held prior to the General Meeting at 7.30. Note: The AGM is for the whole Club and it is important that members from all Branches attend.  All Council positions will be vacated. Minutes of the previous (2018) AGM are posted on the Club’s website. Please note that five current members will not be renominating. Nominations are called for 14 positions, all of which…

Bats in the Perth Hills – live bats – at the DRB Nats

8 February, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm

  Tony Hodge - our guest speaker - is a bat carer. Yes, his job is to look after sick and injured bats. He will bring some live bats with him. "I have a degree in Zoology & Botany and worked at Perth Zoo for 7 years. I am a keen naturalist, and have volunteered at Kanyana for 4 years, I became interested in bat caring after attending a talk by Blanka van Duyn, one of Kanyana's early bat carers.…

Fossil Plants of the Darling Range, with Professor Ken McNamara – at the DRB

8 March, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm

Professor Ken McNamara, formerly Senior Curator of Palaeontology and Head of Earth & Planetary Sciences at the WA Museum for 30 years, Ken has spent the last 10 years as a lecturer at the University of Cambridge in the UK, where he was also Director of the world’s oldest geological museum, the Sedgwick Museum. He returned to WA last year and is now an Adjunct Professor at UWA. "Although much of the rocks of the Darling Range are extremely old and formed before plants evolved, there are a number of rather unusual fossil plant sites on the range that tell the story of the evolution of the flora of the south-west over the last 40 million years. In the talk I will describe the different types of rocks that have preserved the fossil plants and explain what they tell us about environmental conditions at the time. I will show the wide variety of fossil leaves, fruits and even a possible flower that have been preserved and explain what they tell us about changing climate conditions over the last 40 million years. As well as a cornucopia of photos I will have some specimens of fossil plants available for people to see."

Nature walks and exhibits at the Blue Sky Festival, with Eric McCrum, Drew “Spiderman” Wallace, and the DRB Nats

17 March, 10:00 am-4:00 pm

  The Blue Sky Festival will take place from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Sunday, 17 March 2019. The event will be held along Nichol Road, Jacoby Street and the Sculpture Park in Mundaring. Last year the DRB attended the Blue Sky Festival and we wowed the crowds and many people learnt all sorts of fascinating facts about natural history in the Perth Hills. It was a great way for the DRB Nats to reach the public and help raise their awareness,…

Geckos, Dragons and Snakes of the Perth Hills and beyond – with live reptiles, by Amy Wild – at DRB Nats

12 April, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm

A wonderful evening where we will all get the opportunity to learn about the reptiles that inhabit the Perth Hills and beyond. And get the opportunity to see some of them up close and personal. Amy will bring a selection of reptiles with her from her collection which includes, a Carpet Python, an Olive Python from the Kimberley, a Stimson’s Python, a Bobtail, a Long-nosed Ta Ta Dragon, and a Barking Gecko. All photos are copyright AmyWildAdventures. More details soon.…

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