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May 2019

Dryandra Woodland¦The Notley Late Easter Camp 2019

20 May-24 May

THE NOTLEY LATE EASTER CAMP 2019 Please use RSVP so that we know who is coming  whether you are camping or wanting a bunk in a cottage The camp this year will be at Dryandra Woodland for 5 days (4 nights) starting Mon 20 May. One of the cottages at Dryandra Village has been booked (bunk bed accommodation) and there is a camping option as well.  We will be hiring one or two cottages at Dryandra Village (bunk bed accommodation…

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John Forrest National Park walk

26 May, 10:00 am-3:00 pm
John Forrest National Park (West), cnr Morrison Rd and Swan Rd
Swan View, Western Australia Australia
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Location:         Swan View Time:              9:30 for 10:00 start   Meet:              car park off Swan Road near Morrison Road i’section .  Heading east on Morrison Road at the roundabout, turn right into Swan Road and enter the carpark on your left.  Details:            Easy walk, about 10 km, on good paths on both sides of Jane Brook, mostly in open woodland. An option to walk through the old train tunnel. Wear clothes appropriate to the weather (i.e. hat / rainwear) and suitable footwear.  Bring morning tea,…

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Armadale Reptile Centre

26 May, 10:00 am
Armadale Reptile & Wildlife Centre, 304-308 South West Highway
Wungong, WA 6112 Australia
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Entry Fees Apply

—with the KRM BRANCH We are off to the Armadale Reptile Centre, 308 South West Hwy, Wungong See you at the main entrance by 10 am. Note: Entrance fees apply (see ARC website in venue box) Contact: Organiser for any further details.

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June 2019

Kings Park Walk

9 June, 9:30 am-2:30 pm
West Perth Perth, Australia + Google Map

Meet:              Saw Avenue, Subiaco end of Park.  Turn right out of Saw Avenue, carpark and toilets there.        Details:           Walk to Botanic Gardens and return. Wear clothes appropriate to the weather (i.e. hat / rainwear) and suitable footwear.  Bring morning tea, lunch and drinking water.  There are toilets at the meeting point. Contact:  Val Goff Ph. 9305 1318

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SPECIAL EVENING BOOKINGS VITAL: Edible Australian Bush Tucker Plants – what to eat, how to identify & grow them, with Mark Tucek & Marissa Verma – at the DRB Nats

14 June, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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Australia is home to thousands of native edible plant species, yet most of the food we grow in our backyards today originally came from overseas. Bush food has sustained traditional Australians for centuries, and today represents a rich and vibrant history in this country’s culture. Horticulturalist, Mark Tucek, and local Noongar cultural guide, Marissa Verma, devote themselves to bringing bush tucker gardens to local Perth schools and the community. They will show us a series of native Australian edible plants with an emphasis on Western Australia and include delicious bush tucker fruits, roots, nuts, seeds and leaves from plants which are naturally designed for our climate and soil. They will also focus on the ones that can thrive in our gardens in the Perth hills and region and have set up a nursery to cultivate the plants so we can grow them in our gardens. Marrisa and Mark have agreed to bring along their plants for sale, so you can buy them if you wish without driving to a nursery to get them. BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL even for members, due to limits on numbers, but it is still only a donation of $5 for adult visitors and $3 for members. What a wonderful evening it will be.

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Pickering Brook walk

23 June, 9:30 am-3:00 pm
Pickering Brook, end of Bracken Rd.
Pickering Brook, WA Australia

   Location:         Pickering Brook Time:               9:30am for 10:00am start  Meet:              at the end of Bracken Rd in Pickering Brook. Turn right at the T at the end of the road and park at the roadside. .    Details:          The walk is about 12 km along good bush paths with some hills in open woodland. Wear clothes appropriate to the weather (i.e. hat / rainwear) and suitable footwear.  Bring morning tea, lunch and drinking water.  Afternoon Tea Coffee back at the cars, if…

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

30 June, 9:45 am-12:30 pm
Carmel Walk, Pickering Brook, Cnr Anembo Road/Morton Road
Pickering Brook, Western Australia Australia
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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.

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July 2019

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

12 July, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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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.

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

27 July, 9:15 am-12:30 pm
Shire of Mundaring Civic Centre, 7000 Great Eastern Highway,
Mundaring, Western Australia 6073 Australia
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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 ...

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August 2019

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

9 August, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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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.

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

25 August, 9:45 am-12:30 pm
Wedgetail Reserve, Parkerville, Lake Valley Tce and Bookleaf Place
Parkerville, WA Australia
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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.

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September 2019

The birds in your garden, street or reserve in Melville – with the DRB Nats

7 September, 9:15 am-12:30 pm
AH Bracks library, Melville WA, 431 Canning Hwy, Melville WA 6156.
Perth, Australia
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Would you like to know how to identify the different birds in your garden, street or reserve or know how to attract more of them to your garden, or even how to care for them? If so, this is for you - especially if you live in or around the City of Melville, as it will focus specifically on the birds in that area. This will help you to correctly identify the birds, recognise their calls, understand their lives, learn how to attract them to your garden, install bird baths, use a bird book, include bird habitat plants, ... and lots more. Bird and gardening enthusiasts and experts, Rachel and Mike Green, have teamed up with the City of Melville to put on this popular, interactive, workshop on Saturday 7th September 9.15am-12.30pm. Bookings through the City of Melville, join us for a great morning.

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