Western Australian Naturalists Club

Encouraging the study and protection of the natural environment

The Origins gallery at the new Western Australian Museum Boola Bardip

Henderson Environmental Centre Henderson Environmental Centre End of Groat StNorth Beach,

Speaker: Dr Peter Downes, Curator of Minerals and Meteorites, WAM The new Western Australian Museum Boola Bardip opened in November 2020. Peter Downes will describe some of WA’s rich mineral heritage that is on display in the Origins gallery of the museum. In addition to curatorial duties, Dr Downes works ...

DRB Nats May Talk: Mick Davis – Passionate Ecologist and Community Educator

Kalamunda Community Centre Kalamunda Community Centre, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,, Kalamunda, WA

"Energy moving through our natural ecosystems; understanding the ebb and flow of natural systems."
Mick Davis is currently the President of the WA Landcare Network, which helps landcare groups across the state and at national level. His previous roles include on the Kalamunda Environmental Advisory Committee, Plantrite Nursery, Environmental Friends Group Officer for the City of Kalamunda, Biodiversity Program Coordinator for Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management, Ecologist for Dept of Parks and Wildlife, and Woodland Watch Project Officer for World Wildlife Fund Australia.

A proven environmental project manager and communicator, he uses his broad ecological knowledge and community engagement experience to make biodiversity knowledge easy to understand and available to everyone.
He aims to achieve regional, national and global conservation outcomes that protect our planets rich biodiversity.

The Swan River Colony’s Poison Plant Saga

"Hew Roberts" Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.Nedlands,

Our speaker this month is Dr Neville Marchant, former head of the WA Herbarium, who will be discussing the history of WA plant exploration and the high number of south west plants with highly developed defence mechanisms, especially anti-grazing chemicals. In the early years of the Swan River Colony, many livestock ...

DRB Nats presents Talitha Huston, talking about her bird book

Kalamunda Community Centre Kalamunda Community Centre, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,, Kalamunda, WA

DRB Nats presents Talitha Huston, talking about her bird book.

Talitha Huston was secretly putting together a book called Backyard Birds of the Perth Hills when she was 14 -16 yrs old unbeknown to her parents. She presented them with her book, professionally printed,  just after her 16th birthday, as a Christmas present. The maps are hand painted with water colours and all the photos are her own.

Geoheritage: Protecting Western Australia’s rock stars

Henderson Environmental Centre Henderson Environmental Centre End of Groat StNorth Beach,

Despite considerable public knowledge of the needs for and mechanisms of biological and cultural conservation, there is far less awareness of geological heritage and conservation. This talk aims to introduce the concept of geoheritage, explain how these sites are identified and managed within the state of Western Australia, and suggest ways in which we can all be involved in protecting WA’s rock stars!

POSTPONED: Thar be dragons! – Agamid lizards of WA

"Hew Roberts" Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.Nedlands,

Due to the lockdown in place for the Perth and Peel Region, this event has been postponed to a date yet to be determined. We apologise and will let you know the new date as soon as we are able to.   Dragon lizards are some of Australia’s most iconic ...

Mesmerizing Mini Minerals

Henderson Environmental Centre Henderson Environmental Centre End of Groat StNorth Beach,

Our speaker tonight is John Reeve (UWA Ret.) John started seriously collecting minerals in his early teenage years mainly while on field trips with his father (a lapidarist) and by exchange with young collectors in the United States of America. John’s last position was Curator of the Edward deCourcey Clarke ...

Future Fire and the Future of the South West

"Hew Roberts" Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.Nedlands,

Our speaker Kingsley Dixon will overview what we know about the application of European fire on southwest species and ecosystems. The impacts, unintended consequences and why change is needed now before we irreversibly alter ecosystems at large landscape scales

Insects and Viruses – Daniel Heald

Naragebup Rockingham Environment Centre Safety Bay Road after Lake Street, Peron , WA

200 million years of co-evolution (and a great deal of ghastly death). There are over 1100 known viruses that infect insects, and over 500 that insects can transmit to vertebrates, and many that can devastate agriculture. But there are also viruses that insects use for their own purposes. A quick ...

Soil fungi and their responses to disturbance

Henderson Environmental Centre Henderson Environmental Centre End of Groat StNorth Beach,

Dr Anna Hopkins (ECU) talk will outline recent research examining the impact of disturbances such as drought, heatwaves, fire and loss of digging mammals on soil fungi and ecosystem function. Contact Organiser if you require further information

Pollination of South West Western Australia Flora

"Hew Roberts" Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.Nedlands,

The plants of South West Western Australia have evolved many different features to attract pollinators and ensure that they are successfully pollinated. Each species has their own unique solution to this problem, with even those in the same genus sometimes using very different pollination strategies. Plants use insects, birds, mammals ...

Thar be dragons! – Agamid lizards of WA

Henderson Environmental Centre Henderson Environmental Centre End of Groat StNorth Beach,

Dragon lizards are some of Australia’s most iconic species, such as Thorny Devils, Frill-necked Lizards and Bearded Dragons. WA is home to these and many more species, as dragons thrive in the arid zone and Kimberley region and are well-represented in south-western Australia too. This talk will present a “who’s ...