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October 2017

Nature walk and survey of the Alan Anderson Walk Trail: No 2

20 October, 9:45 am-12:30 pm
Alan Anderson Walk Trail, Corner of Lawnbrook and Pomeroy Roads
Walliston,Western AustraliaAustralia
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Free 4 spots left

We will be returning to conduct a second survey of the natural history of the Alan Anderson Walk Trail, a distance of 2.1km. It is graded as a level 1 walk - the easiest there is. We plan to log our sightings on the Atlas of living Australia and will teach people how to use that as well as the Michael Morcombe "Birds of Australia" App.

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Lake Claremont—with the KRM Branch

22 October, 9:00 am
Lake Claremont, cnr Kott St. and Stirling Road
Claremont,Western AustraliaAustralia
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Lake Claremont is a birder’s paradise. Over 80 species of local and migratory birds have been recorded. There is a bird look-out and lovely path around the lake which makes viewing easy. Meet: Car park on Stirling Road (approx. 100m past the intersection with Shenton Road, near Kott Terrace) at the southern end of the lake. Bring: Binoculars, camera, drinks, snacks, etc. Contact:  Colin for further details. Visitors welcome.

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John Forrest National Park

22 October, 9:30 am-3:30 pm
John Forrest National Park (West), cnr Morrison Rd and Swan Rd
Swan View,Western AustraliaAustralia
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Location: John Forrest National Park Time: 9:30 for 10:00 start Meet: car park off Pechey Road near Morrison Road i’section NOTE this carpark fills early but there is more parking across Morrison Road, in the lower carpark off Pechey Road 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…

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WA Museum Collection and Research Centre—with the NS Branch

25 October, 10:00 am

Meet: 49 Kew St, Welshpool Details: The CRC houses the Terrestrial Zoology, Aquatic Zoology, Earth and Planetary Sciences, History, and Anthropology and Archaeology department staff and collections. Staff from the WA Museum will guide us through the Centre. Numbers are limited so bookings are essential. NSB members will have first option. Please let Graham Ezzy know if you wish to attend by emailing natsnorthernbranch@gmail.com

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November 2017

“Birds in your garden, street and reserve in Mundaring” workshop

4 November, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Shire of Mundaring Civic Centre, 7000 Great Eastern Highway,
Mundaring,Western Australia6073Australia
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This workshop is brought to you by the Shire of Mundaring. Mike and Rachel Green will talk about how to identify the birds in your garden, reserve or street in 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 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. They'll show you many excellent photographs of the birds, play videos of them so you can practise identifying them and explain what types of plants are needed to attract more birds to your garden. Please join them. The workshop has received fabulous feedback and this is the first time they have presented in Mundaring.

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Lake Leschenaultia

5 November, 9:30 am-3:30 pm
Lake Leschenaultia Chidlow,WAAustralia + Google Map

Location: Lake Leschenaultia, Chidlow Time: 9:30 for 10:00 start Meet: carpark, near the kiosk off Rosedale Road Chidlow. Details: A scenic walk around the Lake. Fairly level walking on tracks and paths. Plenty of flowers. 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 you want to stay. There is a café and toilets at the meeting point. End of…

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A fascinating journey through the flora, fauna and history of Jorgensen Park (and DRB AGM)

10 November, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd
Kalamunda,WA6076Australia
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Join us for a fascinating journey though the flora, fauna and history of Jorgensen Park by Joy McGilvray, co-ordinator Friends of Jorgensen Park and DRB member. Jorgensen Park became home of the DRB this year and Joy took us on an excursion in April to see all the active revegetation areas they have planted. We also did a brief plant and bird survey and saw much flora and fauna of interest. She also had fascinating charts of the vegetation levels in years gone by in comparison to now and the impact that housing has had on the park. Our DRB AGM will also be included but our Chair has promised not to be boring! Of course, there will be the same lovely refreshments afterwards and the opportunity to win two door prizes. See you on the 10th November in Kalamunda.

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Guided nature walk with year 6 in Kelmscott Bushland

17 November, 8:30 am-11:00 am
Good Shepherd Primary School, Kelmscott, 15 Arbuthnot St
Kelmscott,Western Australia6111Australia
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The DRB Nats. are doing a survey of an area of native bush in Kelmscott. This morning we are taking two small groups of year 6 students and their Science teacher from Good Shepherd Primary School with us on a nature walk around the area. We will also be teaching the children how to identify flowers, use binoculars for bird watching, and more. The end goal is for the children to learn enough about the natural history that they can make up their own nature walk, complete with photo stops and signs, and guide others around it. Please join us, the more of us who attend the more we will see, find and learn. It is such a good cause. The future of our natural environment lies in the hands of children such as these.

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December 2017

Wedgetailed eagles – their story, as told by Simon Cherriman

8 December, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd
Kalamunda,WA6076Australia
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It's our Christmas event - expect the unexpected! We have a captivating and fascinating speaker: Simon Cherriman, who will inspire children and adults alike with his stories, passion and discoveries on Wedge-tailed Eagles. He is dedicated to caring for and understanding the Wedge-tailed eagle and has spent more than half his life studying, photographing and filming them. Recently he has begun a PhD on Wedge-tailed Eagle movement ecology. Plus, we will have the children's competition winner for the year announced, a Christmas natural history quiz, great Christmas food, and possibly even a visit from Father Christmas! Come join us for a great start to Christmas 2017 and the end of a great year with the DRB Nats.

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