Western Australian Naturalists Club

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All about trees with arborist and champion tree climber, Michael Byrne – at DRB Nats

13 March, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm

Talk topic: All about trees

Michael will help us better identify the different trees in the Perth Hills, their bark differences, their flowers, their fruit, nuts, etc. He will also talk about what lives in the trees/tree hollows, and explain the ecology of trees – the role trees play in the environment, their reproduction, the animals and birds that depend on them, leaf litter and how it is a necessary part of the environment, their nutrient cycle … and more. He will bring wood samples from many different trees to show us. We have loaded Michael up with so many topics on our local trees as there is so much to know about them and he knows it!

As a special bonus Michael also hopes to give us a tree climbing demonstration. He is a champion tree climber.

Venue: We now meet in the modern and spacious Hall at Woodlupine Community Centre, 88 Hale Road, Forrestfield.

Speaker:

Michael Byrne is an Certified Arborist with over 20 years experience and Director of CPD Trees which is located in the Eastern Hills of Perth. He is particularly keep to help people better manage their particular tree issues whilst considering the ecosystem in our urban forest environment. He aims to achieve a high standard of environmental care when conducting his operations to minimise carbon emissions and environmental impact and ensure sustainability. He is also one of the most competent tree climbers in the state. He was the director for the WA Tree Climbing Championships from 2004 – 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2015 and has a list of qualifications: Diploma in Horticulture, Cert IV Tree Surgeon, Cert IV Trainer and Assessor, The Tree Guild of W.A. Member, Arboriculture Australia Member and is a lecturer in Arboricultural. Come and learn about trees from him and hear his amazing tree stories! Rachel met him at the Blue Sky festival at Mundaring last year where he had a stall on trees and he had lots of tree samples and answered lots of questions about the different types of trees. She found him fascinating so she made sure we all had the chance to hear him! Come join us.

Target audience: Ideal for both children and adults. Bring the whole family, aged 6yrs -106yrs are all welcome, we are an energetic, enthusiastic and inter-generational club.

Plus:

  1. Boffins talk – Rachel Green will give an introduction to the new Morcombe and Keighery eGuide to the Wildflowers of WA app. She will briefly explain its advantages and disadvantages over other sources of information on wildflowers. (Michael and Irene Morcombe are members of the DRB Nats.)
  2. Kid’s talk – one of our younger members gives a 5 minutes Kid’s talk on an aspect of natural history he/she is interested in – details to be announced.
  3. 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, a sample of geology, an insect, and so on – anything of natural history interest that has legally been obtained. If there is 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, and she/he will include it on the PowerPoint slides: DRBMC@wanaturalists.org.au
  4. Raffle: There will be a magnificent raffle which will include a book on trees; please bring all your spare change! Amazing prizes! Only $2 per ticket or 3 tickets for only $5. Please empty your piggy bank and bring it all along!

Time: Please come early at 7.15pm 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. You are welcome to bring a plate of food to share.

Level: This will be suitable for anyone who loves trees or who would like to learn more about them, from scientists to amateurs, and children to elderly adults!

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: Please note it is a condition of entry that everyone signs in on arrival and leaves their contact details (just an email is fine), thank you.

Door prizes: You could also be the lucky winner of a door prize. We make sure there are prizes for both members and visitors.

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.

Parking: Free parking right outside.

Wheelchair access: Everything is on one level.

Toilets: Are inside.

Bookings: Bookings are not required. Come early to get a seat at the front. There is plenty of room in our new venue.

Details

Date:
13 March
Time:
7:15 pm-9:30 pm
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