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May 2019

Cetaceans and other marine life of Perth and Bremer Canyons

3 May, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Leanne Sharp, Director of  Whale Watch Western Australia (WWWA), will be speaking on Cetaceans and other marine life of Perth and Bremer Canyons Whale Watchers all over the world are limited to the migration patterns of different whales which only last 3-6 months. WWWA now offer whale watching experiences 12 months of the year sighting some of the rarest whales over a 750 kilometre ocean coverage. Western Australia has not only the largest Humpback migration in the world but guaranteed sightings…

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

10 May, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavillion, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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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.

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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 Pavillion, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd
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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September 2019

Red and Green Kangaroo Paws with Bronwyn Ayre – at DRB Nats

13 September, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Perth, Australia

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.

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October 2019

The practices, principles and implications of taxonomy, with Kevin Thiele – at the DRB

11 October, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
KALAMUNDA Kalamunda, Australia + Google Map

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn all about taxonomy before we go on our survey of the flora at Kulin next weekend - to check we are identifying the plants correctly! Kevin Thiele has had a long career as a professional botanist and is the former Director of the Western Australian Herbarium and now an Adjunct Senior Lecturer, at the University of Western Australia, specialising in systematic botany.

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November 2019

DRB Legends Talk “My life as a naturalist” by Dr Tony Start, and the DRB AGM.

8 November, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Perth, Australia + Google Map

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.

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