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Spiders and other creepy-crawlies of the Perth Hills, with Dr Mark Harvey, @ the DRB

9 October 2020, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm


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Please note: This meeting was scheduled for earlier in the year, but was delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions. The DRB Nats committee have met and decided that it is now safe for this event to go ahead and we will be taking some precautions to protect members who attend:

Members and visitors will have to bring their own food and drink.
Hand sanitiser will be available and should be used when entering.
Maintain social distancing.
Volunteers will be organised to clean the facility before and after the event.
You will be required to give your details to volunteers who will complete a register or persons attending.
Please do not attend if unwell (call the DRB Nats phone number on 0436 448 647 to let us know).

Please complete the RSVP if you intend to attend on the night so that we know how many people are coming. If you have completed the RSVP but can’t attend because you are unwell, please call the DRB Nats phone on 0436 448 647.
***If there is insufficient numbers attending the event, we will cancel and let all persons registered know***

Further details: As per usual we will be accepting cash for the entry fee for the night. The people handling the cash will be using gloves and we will have hand sanitiser readily available. There will be no raffle prizes, but there will be up to five door prizes. The door prizes, will be selected by a random number generator from the list of members attending, rather than raffle tickets.   

Topic: “Spiders and other creepy-crawlies of the Perth Hills”.

Although insects are the dominant organisms that inhabit the earth’s terrestrial ecosystems, arachnids such as spiders, mites and scorpions are also abundant and extremely diverse. Spiders are common inhabitants of all land environments, and can be routinely found in and around houses in urban environments.

All these spider photographs have been taken around a house in the Perth Hills – but can you identify them? Do you know how they reproduce, what they eat, and who eats them and which are or are not dangerous?
This presentation covers some of the more common species that occur in the Perth Hills, including insights into their diversity and conservation. The cast includes trapdoor spiders, red-back spiders, daddy-long-leg spiders, orb-weaving spiders, peacock spiders and scorpions, among many others. Dr Mark Harvey will provide a brief synopsis of the spiders and talk about some of his favourite spiders. He will explain that most species of spiders are relatively harmless to humans, but others can inflict a bite that’s dangerous to some people. But which is which?

Speaker: Mark Harvey is Head of the Department of Terrestrial Zoology and Senior Curator at the Western Australian Museum, and curates a preserved collection of ca. 250,000 of arachnid and myriapod specimens. He is an internationally recognised systematist specialising in the study of arachnids and other terrestrial invertebrates, including spiders, pseudoscorpions, schizomids, scorpions, mites and millipedes. He studies the evolutionary origins of the Australian fauna, largely focusing on phylogenetic systematics using molecular and morphological datasets. He is particularly interested in the conservation of short-range endemic species such as subterranean fauna and trapdoor spiders, and is currently Vice President of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature.

o Kids’ talk – one of your younger members, Drew Wallace, will be giving a talk entitled: “Parrots of Perth”. 
o Boffins talk – one of our expert members will be giving an 8 minutes Boffins’ talk – details to be announced.
o “Nature road show”. Members and visitors are encouraged to bring items to place on the display table or to send photographs to the MC in advance, e.g. a sample flower, an insect, and so on – anything of natural history interest that has legally been obtained. If we have time, 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. Photographs are particularly welcome, as everyone can see them. If you wish to show a photograph please email it, no later than the day before, to our MC for this night, and she/he will include it on her PowerPoint slides. We have a dedicated email for this purpose: DRBChair@wanaturalists.org.au
o Door prizes: You could also be the lucky winner of a door prize. We make sure there are prizes for both members and visitors.
Venue: Woodlupine Hall, 88 Hale Road, Forrestfield.
Time: Please come at 7.15pm or earlier if you wish, for a 7.30pm start as we start promptly. We are open from 6.45pm. We finish formal proceedings no later than 9.30pm and stay for refreshments and socialising afterwards any time up until 10.20pm.
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 to help with the costs of running the club, venue hire, insurance and so on. 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. We do not have EFTPOS facilities yet.
Entrance: It is a condition of entry that everyone signs in on arrival, thank you.
Parking: Free parking right outside.
Wheelchair access: Everything is on one level.
Toilets: Are inside.
Bookings: Please make a booking using the RSVP system. 



9 October 2020
7:15 pm-9:30 pm
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