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February 2019

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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With the KRM BRANCH Daniel Heald will speak about Marine Plants at tonight's meeting.

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The Grampians, Volcanic Plain and Anglesea Heathland¦ANN2018

20 February, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
Henderson Environmental Centre, Henderson Environmental Centre End of Groat St
North Beach, Western Australia Australia
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Northern Suburbs Branch Topic: ANN2018 – The Grampians, Volcanic Plain and Anglesea Heathland Speaker: Don Poynton Members are reminded to bring specimens, observations, photos etc. for everyone to learn and enjoy and please remember to wear your name tag.

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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
“Home of the DRB”, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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Professor Ken McNamara, formerly Senior Curator of Palaeontology at the WA Museum for 30 years, and Director of the world’s oldest geological museum, the Sedgwick Museum in the UK, is giving a talk on "Fossil Plants of the Darling Range". 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 and changing climate conditions over the last 40 million years. He will bring specimens of fossil plants for people to see. This will be a very popular night please come early, only $3 donation for adult members and $5 for adult visitors, which includes refreshments and a possible door prize.

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Meteorite impacts in Western Australia and Australia. An overview¦a smorgasbord of Earth wounds

8 March, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Photo: Courtesy Dept of Mines and Petroleum,  Government of Western Australia Hickman Crater from the west Mike Freeman is our guest speaker tonight. His talk will describe a number of the meteorite impacts in WA and their related features. Meteorite impacts have had a huge impact on the Earth through geological time and here in WA we have a number that were probably influential. We only have three actual craters in WA, although geological research has shown there are many more with…

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April 2019

Botanical Work in Kimberley

5 April, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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With speaker Kevin Kenneally

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

12 April, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
“Home of the DRB”, 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. Our speaker is Amy Wild. She has a Bachelor of Biological Sciences with first class Honours, years working as fauna consultant handling wild reptiles and over four years working as a wildlife tour guide. She grew up attending the DRB! She is going to cover geckos, dragons, skinks and snakes and include live demonstrations. It is a must for any child or adult interested in reptiles. All this for only a donation of $3 per adult member and $5 per adult visitor/ $1 per child visitor. Come join us.

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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 speaking on Cetaceans and other marine life of Perth and Bremer Canyons

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

10 May, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
“Home of the DRB”, 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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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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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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