Reptiles of the Perth Hills and beyond – with live reptiles, by Amy Griffiths – at DRB Nats
12 April, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
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. All photos are copyright AmyWildAdventures.
Our speaker: Amy Griffiths, from Amy Wild Adventures. She has a Bachelor of Biological Sciences with first class Honours, a license to display wildlife for educational purposes, a license to relocate reptiles, years working as fauna consultant handling wild reptiles and over four years working as a wildlife tour guide. Amy comes from wonderful DRB stock and is the grand-daughter of our co-founder, Kevn Griffiths, and daughter of our previous Chairperson, Mike Griffiths. She grew up attending the DRB Nats. She now runs her own business giving presentations on reptiles.
Amy says, “Growing up, all I knew was that I wanted to work with animals, preferably wild ones. If I wasn’t drawing or reading about them, I was in the bush actively looking for them. After completing a biology degree, I spent a couple of years in fauna consulting where I continued to develop a strong knowledge of Western Australia’s reptilian life and wildlife at large. Then I went on a solo expedition around and through Australia between 2011 and 2012. Eventually I had to come home though, and took on several roles as a research assistant, lab demonstrator and field supervisor for different universities, and as a wildlife tour guide at Karakamia Sanctuary for the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC). Now I bring my love of snakes to people’s doors! My passion for reptiles, education and performance drive me to excel and pass on the most pertinent information in the safest and most fun manner possible.”
Amy will talk about:
- Geckos: How do we identify a gecko, groups of geckos and number of species in the Perth Hills. Gecko biology e.g. habitat, diet, tail autotomy (tail dropping), life cycle and more.
- Dragons: How to identify a dragon, species in Perth Hills and general info, plus specific facts on a Northern WA species with a live demonstration.
- Bobtails: How to identify a skink, number of species in WA/Perth hills (largest group of lizards), biology of the Bobtail, life cycle, diet, latin vs common names, monogamy and more.
- Snakes: snake anatomy, physiology and behaviour. How and why they shed their skins, what they eat, how they reproduce. Some facts on specific species with live demonstrations.
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.
Her website is: https://reptileeducator.com
She also makes mini wildlife documentaries: you can see one of hers on crocodiles here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B53ynElvip4
Venue: “Home of the DRB”: Jorgensen Park Pavilion, Crescent Road, off Mundaring Weir Road, Kalamunda, Western Australia.
Target audience: Ideal for both children and adults. Bring the whole family from aged 6 years and upwards – aged 6yrs -106yrs are all welcome, we are an energetic, enthusiastic and inter-generational club.
- Kids’ talk – One of your younger members, Ella Norbury, (11yrs) will be giving a 5 minutes kids’ talk on “The increase of Australian Ravens”.
Apps for Nats: Kendra Campbell, one of our young adults, will be presenting a new App: Nature Passport: https://www.natureplaywa.org.au/nature-passport-outdoor-appIt aims to help balance screen time with green time for kids. It will be of interest not just to parents and children but grandparents too.
- Monthly nature competition for children. When a child (under 16) comes along to a meeting they are invited to bring a drawing, craft work, story, study or video on the topic to the next meeting. Small prizes are given each month. Thus, any child who was at our March talk on fossils can enter the competition this month.
- “Nature road show”. Members and visitors are encouraged to bring items to place on the display table or to send photographs to Rachel in advance, e.g. a sample flower, a sample of geology, an insect, and so on – anything of natural history interest that has legally been obtained. One of our experts will identify them or briefly talk about them, or the person bringing them can talk about where they saw it, etc. If you wish to show a photograph please email it, no later than the day before, to Rachel, our MC, and she will include it on her PowerPoint slides: DRB@wanaturalists.org.au
- Raffle: We are raising money for our DRB elders strategy and will have a raffle – please bring all your spare change! We are trying to have quality prizes and some of direct relevance to the topic, including original art work. A native plant is always one of the prizes. We promise no pet snakes will be given away though!
Time: Please come early at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start as it will be a VERY popular night and we start promptly. We are open from 7pm. We finish at 9.30pm.
Level: This will be suitable for anyone who loves wildlife, from scientists to amateurs, and children to elderly adults! Bring the whole family – aged 6yrs onwards.
Donation: All this for only a donation of $3 per person for adult members ($0 for child members), and $5 per adult visitor and $1 per visiting child. Includes tea and coffee and home-made cake and biscuits (including gluten free)! Please bring the right cash to help us avoid long queues. Thanks. No EFTPOS is available.
Door prizes: You could also be the lucky winner of a door prize. We make sure there are prizes for both members and visitors.
Bookings: Bookings are not required. Come early to get a seat at the front as this will be a VERY popular night. Doors open at 7pm.