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Wedgetailed eagles – their story, as told by Simon Cherriman
8 December 2017, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Date: Friday 8th December 2017, 7.15pm for a prompt 7.30pm start
Join us for our sparkling, fun and informative Christmas event.
Firstly, we have an amazing and very popular guest speaker: Simon Cherriman
Yes! we have Simon Cherriman! He is a captivating, fascinating and expert speaker who will entrance children and adults alike with his stories, passion and discoveries. Don’t miss him! He has an absolute passion for caring for, understanding and studying the wedge-tailed eagle. He also has a life-long love of climbing trees, which is handy, because most of his work involves scaling very tall trees to find nests for his tagging program! He is an award-winning environmental scientist, educator and wildlife filmmaker and an enthusiastic advocate for the unique Australian bush and its creatures. He has spent more than half of his life studying, photographing and filming these magnificent birds. Recently he has begun a PhD on Wedge-tailed Eagle movement ecology. And he is a member of the DRB Nats!
Topic: Where Do Wedgies Dare?
The Wedge-tailed Eagle, or Wailitj in the Aboriginal Noongar language, is the largest bird of prey in Australia and one of the largest and most beautiful eagles in the world. Simon is currently conducting a WA-first project using satellite-trackers to research the movements and survival of juvenile Wedge-tailed eagles. Currently there is only limited knowledge of the movements and survival of juvenile Wedge-tails, but, we do know that many birds are killed by vehicles, and more recently, the threat of drones is encroaching on their habitat. If we leave it ’til they’re endangered, it could be too late. Top-order or apex predators like eagles are vital for keeping the ecosystems that other wildlife live in healthy. They control pest animals such as feral cats, feral pigs and rabbits, pick off sick and injured animals and encourage a high level of fitness in populations of native animals, and reduce disease risk by eating carrion. It is so important that we understand and look after them!
In 2013 Simon satellite-tagged two adult Wedge-tailed eagles in arid Western Australia to learn more about their movements, and the effectiveness of using GPS/Satellite tracking to study aspects of their life history such as home range and juvenile dispersal. This pilot study led to a PhD project at Murdoch University which began in July 2016. Simon will share his incredible knowledge on Wedge-tailed eagles.
Come along for an evening of stories of ‘eagle tracking’ and learn more about “Where Wedgies Dare!”.
We now have monthly nature competitions 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, but now at our Christmas event children are invited to bring back all their entries and all items will be displayed and a grand prize given.
Time to be jolly with our Christmas quiz and yummy Christmas food and refreshments.
Rumour has it we have a visit by Eric McCrum, no it’s not … it’s Father Christmas. What will happen? You will have to be there to see this spectacular event! Could be more prizes and gifts are given away than normal.
Time: Please come early at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start as it will be a popular night and we start promptly. We are open from 7pm. We finish at 9.30pm.
Venue: “Home of the DRB”, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, Crescent Road, off Mundaring Weir Road, Kalamunda, Western Australia.
Level: This will be suitable for members and visitors with both an advanced and limited knowledge of wildlife, to anyone interested in birds, and to anyone living in the Perth hills, and to families, children and adults.
Donation: We invite a donation of $3 per person for adult members and $0 for child members, and $5 per adult visitor and $1 per visiting child. Includes tea and coffee and home-made cake and biscuits!
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 not required. Come early to get a seat at the front though as this will be a popular night. Doors open at 7pm.
Please note: There will not be the usual “Nature road show”, although members and visitors may still bring items to place on the display table.
Parking: Free parking outside in the well-lit carpark.
Enquiries: Call Rachel on the DRB phone on 0436 448 647 if you have any questions about the night.
Membership: We encourage you to become a member to support the work the DRB Nats do in inspiring people to love and understand our precious natural history in the Perth Hills; click here for full details. Please indicate DRB on your membership when given a choice of the branches or Main Club, thank you!
This is our last event of the year. We will re-start after a Christmas break on Friday 9th February, 2018.