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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 at the WA Museum for 30 years, and Director of the world’s oldest geological museum, the Sedgwick Museum in the UK, is giving a talk on "Fossil Plants of the Darling Range". 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 and changing climate conditions over the last 40 million years. He will bring specimens of fossil plants for people to see. This will be a very popular night please come early, only $3 donation for adult members and $5 for adult visitors, which includes refreshments and a possible door prize.

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. Many people learnt all sorts of fascinating facts about, and raised their awareness, love and understanding of, the natural history of the Perth Hills. What will you find to do there? This year,…

Reptiles 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. Our speaker is Amy Wild. She has a Bachelor of Biological Sciences with first class Honours, years working as fauna consultant handling wild reptiles and over four years working as a wildlife tour guide. She grew up attending the DRB! She is going to cover geckos, dragons, skinks and snakes and include live demonstrations. It is a must for any child or adult interested in reptiles. All this for only a donation of $3 per adult member and $5 per adult visitor/ $1 per child visitor. Come join us.

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

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 which is lovely accommodation for only $100 per person for the 3 nights and has its own nature walks. It's on the weekend after Easter. Accommodation is nearly full - please book in urgently.

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

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.

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.

Springtime Flora Spectacular – Weekend at Kulin – with the DRB

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

Becoming a Brilliant Bird Photographer – a workshop with award-winning photographer, Georgina Steytler – at the DRB.

30 November, 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Come and learn how to improve your bird photography with award-winning bird and nature photographer, Georgina Steytler. Wow, this is some special opportunity - grab it while you can and bring your camera. It is a three hour hands-on workshop with a top, top photographer. Don't believe me? Just look at SOME of Georgina's awards. There is a limit of 40 on the workshop, and entrance is by ticket only booked in advance. There are no door sales. A donation of $7 per child or adult DRB member and $15 per child or adult visitor. For children aged 10 and above and all adults! Bookings will be open in October 2019. Bring your camera.

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