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August 2018

Mount Gibson Sanctuary¦Excursion

17 August-20 August
Mount Gibson, End of Mt Gibson Road
Paynes Find, Western Australia Australia
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Activities: Mt Gibson Sanctuary straddles the Mulga-Eucalypt line and has therefore very diverse habitat communities, some of which we will be exploring. If possible we will participate in a survey or research carried out in the sanctuary by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) and might see some of the wildlife that has been reintroduced, such as numbats and bilbies. Access: With dry conditions, 2-wheel drive to the campground is possible. 4-WD is required to get around within the Sanctuary. Accommodation:…

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Members Night¦KRM Branch

20 August, 7:00 pm
Naragebup Rockingham Environment Centre, Safety Bay Road after Lake Street
Peron , WA Australia
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Contact: the Organiser for further details. Visitors Welcome at all Club meetings and events

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St.Michaels Park Golly Walk¦NS Branch

22 August, 10:00 am
St. Michaels Park, St Michaels Ave
Connolly, Australia
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Meet: St Michael’s Park, western end of Huntingdale Cres Details: St Michaels Park consists of three small patches of remnant bushland which, although only separated by narrow paths, contain different plant associations. We are hoping the mass flowering of Donkey Orchids that has occurred the last two years will be repeated this year. We’re also hoping for lots of Spider, Carousel and Cowslips Orchids and perhaps a few late Greenhoods, Shell and Snail Orchids as well as other natives in…

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Flora and fauna survey 6: Bush area in Kelmscott where the scarp and flats intersect – with the DRB

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

This is our final survey of a bush block in Kelmscott. It has been a fascinating journey of discovery so far. It is for the season of Djilba - First spring - August-September. There are small areas of near pristine bush which represent the unique flora and flora of the area - half-way between the scarp and the flats. We found over 54 plant species on our first survey in October 2017 and we want to find more in our last attempt. This will give us the chance to add to our fungi sightings too. Please help us! We need photographers, list takers, people who can upload items to the Atlas of Living Australia and experts and enthusiasts who can identify everything we find from reptiles, insects and flowers, to birds, trees and fungi. Join us.

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Karnup Nature Reserve¦KRM Branch

26 August, 9:00 am
Karnup Nature Reserve, Karnup Nature Reserve
Baldivis, Australia

Time: 9.00am Meet: Car park on Karnup Road (near the corner of Karnup Road and Baldivis Road) Bring: Cameras, binoculars, morning tea, etc. Contact: the Organiser for further details and to confirm attendance.

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Kings Park¦with the Bushwalking Group

26 August, 9:30 am
Kings Park, corner of Saw Ave and May Drive
Perth, WA 6000 Australia
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Location: Kings Park Time: 9:30 for 10:00 start Meet: Saw Avenue, Subiaco end of Park. Turn right out of Saw Avenue, car park 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.  

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September 2018

Butterflies of the Perth Hills with Eric McCrum – at the DRB Nats

14 September, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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Topic: Butterflies of the Perth Hills and beyond. How to identify them, what plants they are attracted to and more. With Eric McCrum, famous as "Birdman" on the ABC.

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Alan Anderson Walk Trail Walliston – with the DRB

23 September, 9:45 am-12:30 pm

On Sunday 23rd September we are going to look at the flowers, birds and other natural history at Alan Anderson Park. Details shortly.

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October 2018

Long Range Excursion Stirling Range and Fitzgerald River NPs

9 October-18 October

ADVANCE NOTICE TUES 9 – THURS 18 OCTOBER Full Itinerary click on this link⇐ Route accessible by 2-wheel drive. Self driving and self catering with own camping equipment, but travelling and camping together. Toilets will be available at camps but not always showers. Food and fuel are not available in Fitzgerald River National Park. Note no water available in FRNP. There is an option to go for just days 1-5, where there is accommodation (no camping.) Days 1-5 Staying at…

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The fascinating world of carnivorous plants – at the DRB

12 October, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia

Carnivorous plants capture and digest prey to gain nutrition from them, but how hungry are they? Western Australia hosts the world's greatest diversity of carnivorous plants, including sundews, bladderworts, rainbow plants, the endemic Albany pitcher plant, and the rare aquatic waterwheel plant. This is your opportunity to learn all about them from Laura Skates, especially the ones we will find in the Perth Hills and the variety of methods they use to trap their prey. Of course, you'll also find out just how hungry they are and where they get their nutrients from! You'll never look at sundews or other carnivorous plants in them in the same way again!

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Birds in your backyard, street or reserve – in Kalamunda – with the DRB

20 October, 9:30 am-1:00 pm
KALAMUNDA Kalamunda, Australia + Google Map

Rachel and Mike Green have teamed up with the City of Kalamunda to put on their popular "Birds in your garden, street or reserve" workshop on Saturday 20th October 2018 at 9.30am-1pm (to be confirmed) to coincide with the Aussie Backyard Bird Count which will be held from 22-28 October 2018. This will help you to correctly identify the birds and learn how to attract them to your garden as well as recognising their calls, and learning lots about them. There may also be an opportunity to join Mike and Rachel in a local Aussie bird count the following week. NB: This has replaced the wildflower quiz at the Green's.

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November 2018

Celebrating the DRB Legends – Inaugural talk with Kevn Griffiths + AGM – at the DRB on November 9th 2018

9 November, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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You are invited to the DRB to our AGM and our inaugural "Celebration of our DRB legends" talk. Speaker: Kevn Griffiths - how he became interested in fungi and other stories. Kevn is the founder of the DRB Nats and will celebrate his 90th birthday in December. We hope to include a tree planting ceremony in his honour too.

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