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January 2019

Star Swamp|BBQ|Walk

19 January, 5:30 pm
Henderson Environmental Centre, Henderson Environmental Centre End of Groat St
North Beach, Western Australia Australia
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—with the NORTHERN SUBURBS BRANCH (Subject to venue being available)   We will have a BBQ and a walk around Star Swamp. Time: 5.30 pm at the Venue: Henderson Environment Centre, Groat St, North Beach Even house numbers bring salad, odd numbers dessert, to share. Contact the Organiser for further details

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February 2019

AGM 2019 + the Fauna of Kings Park

1 February, 7:30 pm-8:00 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2019 The Annual General Meeting of the Western Australian Naturalists’ Club (Inc.) will be held prior to the General Meeting at 7.30. Note: The AGM is for the whole Club and it is important that members from all Branches attend.  All Council positions will be vacated. Minutes of the previous (2018) AGM are posted on the Club’s website. Please note that five current members will not be renominating. Nominations are called for 14 positions, all of which…

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Whitfords Nodes Carpark to Mullaloo SLSC summer walk / BBQ & Picnic / Planning Meeting

3 February, 7:15 am-11:30 am
Whitford Nodes carpark, Whitford Nodes, West Coast Drive
Hillarys, Australia

Location: Whitfords Nodes Time: 7:15 for 7:30am start, or 10:30am for planning meeting to agree on this year’s walks Meet: In the car parking area of Whitfords Nodes, Details: The walk is about 7 km along the beach and you can have a swim when we return if you want. Wear clothes appropriate to the weather (i.e. hat / rainwear / bathers) and suitable footwear. Bring morning tea/ BBQ brunch, and drinking water. There are toilets at the meeting point.…

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Bats in the Perth Hills – live bats – at the DRB Nats

8 February, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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  Tony Hodge - our guest speaker - is a bat carer. Yes, his job is to look after sick and injured bats. He will bring some live bats with him. "I have a degree in Zoology & Botany and worked at Perth Zoo for 7 years. I am a keen naturalist, and have volunteered at Kanyana for 4 years, I became interested in bat caring after attending a talk by Blanka van Duyn, one of Kanyana's early bat carers.…

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Marine plants

18 February, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Naragebup Rockingham Environment Centre, Safety Bay Road after Lake Street
Peron , WA Australia
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March 2019

Fossil Plants of the Darling Range, with Professor Ken McNamara – at the DRB

8 March, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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Professor Ken McNamara, formerly Senior Curator of Palaeontology and Head of Earth & Planetary Sciences at the WA Museum for 30 years, Ken has spent the last 10 years as a lecturer at the University of Cambridge in the UK, where he was also Director of the world’s oldest geological museum, the Sedgwick Museum. He returned to WA last year and is now an Adjunct Professor at UWA. "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 over the last 40 million years. In the talk I will describe the different types of rocks that have preserved the fossil plants and explain what they tell us about environmental conditions at the time. I will show the wide variety of fossil leaves, fruits and even a possible flower that have been preserved and explain what they tell us about changing climate conditions over the last 40 million years. As well as a cornucopia of photos I will have some specimens of fossil plants available for people to see."

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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
Mundaring Sculpture Park, Jacoby Street
Mundaring, Western Australia 6073 Australia
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  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 and many people learnt all sorts of fascinating facts about natural history in the Perth Hills. It was a great way for the DRB Nats to reach the public and help raise their awareness,…

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April 2019

Geckos, Dragons and Snakes of the Perth Hills and beyond – with live reptiles, by Amy Wild – at DRB Nats

12 April, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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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. Amy will bring a selection of reptiles with her from her collection which includes, a Carpet Python, an Olive Python from the Kimberley, a Stimson’s Python, a Bobtail, a Long-nosed Ta Ta Dragon, and a Barking Gecko. All photos are copyright AmyWildAdventures. More details soon.…

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May 2019

Dryandra Woodland¦The Notley Late Easter Camp 2019

20 May-24 May

THE NOTLEY LATE EASTER CAMP 2019 The camp next 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. In a transition zone between Jarrah forest, Wandoo woodland and the Mallee-Wheatbelt, Dryandra is great country for bird-watching. There’s plenty of other wildlife to see also, and even the possibility of a Numbat sighting. A…

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September 2019


Kingsley, Australia + Google Map

Let’s make next year our best-ever year for speakers and events! Come along to the planning meeting with your ideas and contacts; all members welcome! When & where? From 10 am to 2 pm (breaking for lunch – BYO) at Foss's  house in Maylands. Address given on RSVP to info@wanaturalists.org.au or 9228 2495 (office) or even the RSVP system attached to this event If you have fantastic ideas but can't attend, send your ideas and suggestions prior to the meeting.

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