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FULL. Yalgorup National Park and Myalup Pines Cottages – a relaxing botanical, bird-filled weekend with the DRB

25 April, 2:00 pm-28 April, 10:30 am

FULL. The DRB are off to Yalgorup NP with its unique natural history. It is the largest national park on the Swan Coastal Plain & covers 12,888 hectares, including ten lakes. It protects a wetland system that is so significant for waterbirds it is recognised under the international Ramsar Convention. It also supports several threatened plant and animal species. The park’s crowning glories are the Lake Clifton Thrombolites. They present stunning views and photographic opportunities. There are nature walks through the Tuart and Peppermint woodlands suitable for most ages and fitness levels. We are staying at Myalup Pine cottages. The excursion is full to capacity - all rooms are booked and we have reached our numbers limit. There is a waiting list if you want to be considered should there be a cancellation.

Red-tailed Black Cockatoos, with Erika Roper – at the DRB Nats

10 May, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm

The Red-tailed Black Cockatoo is an important bird which is under threat. Erika Roper is due to finish her PhD on Red-tailed black cockatoos in May 2019 and will incorporate a lot of general natural history about the birds as well as explain her research and its findings. Her talk will cover Red-tailed Black Cockatoo ecology, the urban range expansion, diet and foraging behaviours, communication, and how we can help conserve the cockatoos in a changing world. It will be a great night where you can learn more about this magnificent bird.

Nature walk in Korung National Park in Pickering Brook – DRB Nats

30 June, 9:45 am-12:30 pm

Join the DRB Nats for the Carmel WalK in the Korung National Park in Pickering Brook. Find out what has started flowering, which birds are around, the plants which are growing and more. The corner of Anembo and Morton Roads, Pickering Brook. Sunday 30th June 2019. Start: 9.45am registration for start at 10am-12.30 finish.

The Night Sky, by Arthur Harvey – at the DRB Nats

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

When we go on camp, we often look upward and see the beauty of the night sky, but we don't always know what we are seeing nor understand the significance of what is there. Tonight will be our chance to find out and learn about "The Night Sky". The presentation will cover: Historical observations, How objects are located (Right Ascension & Declination), Observation of artificial satellites, The bright stars & planets, The zodiacal constellations, The southern constellations and Deep space objects. It will give you an essential guide to naked-eye viewing and through the use of the appropriate software show you the night sky in real time. Our speaker, Arthur Harvey, has been a volunteer at Perth Observatory for over a decade and regularly speaks with the public during night sky tours, school day tours and indeed, all of the Observatory's outreach activities. He has been interested in and enthusiastic about astronomy since 1957 when, as a 7 year old, he saw the Russian sputnik traverse the night sky. Join us for a sparkling night. Only $5 donation from visitors and $1 per visiting child, and $3 donation per member, and you get the chance to win a free door prize too and get refreshments - and even, for only a little extra, win great prizes in our raffle.

Knowing the birds in your garden, street or reserve – in Mundaring – with the DRB Nats

27 July, 9:15 am-12:30 pm

Rachel and Mike Green, bird enthusiasts, will talk about how to identify, attract and care for the birds in your garden, reserve or street in the Shire of Mundaring. 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, bird books, binoculars and bird boxes, and more. Mike will make sure you know how to tell the difference between all those special birds we call "LBBs" - little brown birds. Rachel will show you many excellent photographs of the birds, play videos of them so you can practise identifying them, and there will be a special segment on how to attract birds to your garden, and what plants, food and conditions they need. Come join us for an enthralling three hours of top bird information, and next month you will be invited to join Mike on a bird survey in Parkerville. Bookings are essential ...

Fish of the Perth Hills with Suzanne Thompson – at the DRB

9 August, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm

Guest speaker: Suzanne Thompson, Environmental Officer - River Health, Rivers and Estuaries Branch, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions will describe her research into the fish of the Perth Hills. More details later.

Fungi, Flora, Insects and Birds of Wedgetail Reserve in Parkerville – with the DRB Nats

25 August, 9:45 am-12:30 pm

The DRB Nats has been invited by the local landcare group co-ordinator to run a survey at Wedgetail Reserve in Parkerville. The reserve started as a barren clay wallow (cattle property for 40 years) and was formed as POS in a subdivision in the early 2000s. The only vegetation remaining was a fringing strip of struggling marri and casuarina. First planting of local canopy species took place in 2005 and 13 years and 42,000 plants later the area has been transformed. It has been a joint effort by community (Friends Group), students from CLM classes at Midland, School students from both primary and secondary schools, Prisons Dept, Water & Rivers, ALCOA, EMRC, Shire of Mundaring and the developer. In winter and spring the little creek fills, comp basins fill, local plants flower everywhere and birds and animals flow to enjoy the bounty. Now we need to know what is there! It will be run along the lines of the Glen Forest Superblock excursion last year where we divided into 4 groups. This year we will have a bird, an insect, a flora and a fungi group. Come join us.

Red and Green Kangaroo Paws with Bronwyn Ayre – at DRB Nats

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

Red and green kangaroo paws can be seen in abundance in springtime in the Perth Hills. But what do you know about them? Maybe not a great deal. This is your wonderful opportunity to learn all about them from an expert, Bronwyn Ayre. Bronwyn is a PhD candidate at UWA in the school of plant biology and the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, Kings Park. She is investigating the pollination of the Red and Green Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos manglesii). Her project focuses on the conservation, ecological and evolutionary consequences of bird pollination on them. Come join us - but please note we may have moved from Jorgensen Park so check out the venue.

Enjoying the Australian bush – a flora, fauna and bird walk in Byford – with the DRB

21 September, 10:00 am-12:30 pm

Excursion: Date to be confirmed, hopefully either Saturday 21st or Sunday 22nd September. "Enjoying the Australian Bush" A flora and bird walk in Byford. Exact location to be decided. In partnership with the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale. The local community will be invited particularly those who are new to living in the Hills area and those new to living in Australia. The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale is one of the top three fastest growing areas in Australia. A lot of people have moved there for cheaper housing but who may know little about living in a semi-rural area. There are a lot of young families and also migrants who are relatively new to the country. This is a great opportunity to help them get to know and enjoy our wonderful natural history as well as giving members of the DRB a wonderful opportunity to discover and learn about the natural history in another beautiful part of the Perth Hills.

The practices, principles and implications of taxonomy, with Kevin Thiele – at the DRB

11 October, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn all about taxonomy before we go on our survey of the flora at Kulin next weekend - to check we are identifying the plants correctly! Kevin Thiele has had a long career as a professional botanist and is the former Director of the Western Australian Herbarium and now an Adjunct Senior Lecturer, at the University of Western Australia, specialising in systematic botany.

Springtime Flora Spectacular – 3 days at Kulin – with the DRB

17 October, 2:00 pm-20 October, 12:30 pm

Join us for this exciting natural history weekend with the DRB Nats in Kulin. It is spring time - when the flowers will be at their best, and even the Eucalyptus Macrocarpas will be coming out. We came to Kulin in June 2018 and saw so much of interest, and had such a good time, that members have been adamant we must return in spring!

DRB Legends Talk “My life as a naturalist” by Dr Tony Start, and the DRB AGM.

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

You are invited to the second DRB Legends Talk "My life as a naturalist" by Dr Tony Start, and the DRB AGM. He is responsible for the flora and fauna survey, research and conservation aspects on The Western Australian Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC) and Threatened Ecological Communities Scientific Committee (TECSC) by appointment by the Minister for Environment.

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