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August 2019

Fungi, Flora, Insects and Birds of Wedgetail Reserve in Parkerville – with the DRB Nats

25 August, 9:45 am-12:30 pm
Wedgetail Reserve, Parkerville, Lake Valley Tce and Bookleaf Place
Parkerville, WA Australia
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The DRB Nats has been invited by the local landcare group co-ordinator to run a survey at Wedgetail Reserve in Parkerville. The reserve started as a barren clay wallow (cattle property for 40 years) and was formed as POS in a subdivision in the early 2000s. The only vegetation remaining was a fringing strip of struggling marri and casuarina. First planting of local canopy species took place in 2005 and 13 years and 42,000 plants later the area has been transformed. It has been a joint effort by community (Friends Group), students from CLM classes at Midland, School students from both primary and secondary schools, Prisons Dept, Water & Rivers, ALCOA, EMRC, Shire of Mundaring and the developer. In winter and spring the little creek fills, comp basins fill, local plants flower everywhere and birds and animals flow to enjoy the bounty. Now we need to know what is there! It will be run along the lines of the Glen Forest Superblock excursion last year where we divided into 4 groups. This year we will have a bird, an insect, a flora and a fungi group. Come join us.

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September 2019


Kingsley, Australia + Google Map

Let’s make next year our best-ever year for speakers and events! Come along to the planning meeting with your ideas and contacts; all members welcome! When & where? From 10 am to 2 pm (breaking for lunch – BYO) at Foss's  house in Maylands. Address given on RSVP to info@wanaturalists.org.au or 9228 2495 (office) or even the RSVP system attached to this event If you have fantastic ideas but can't attend, send your ideas and suggestions prior to the meeting.

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Red and Green Kangaroo Paws with Bronwyn Ayre – at DRB Nats

13 September, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Perth, Australia

Red and green kangaroo paws can be seen in abundance in springtime in the Perth Hills. But what do you know about them? Maybe not a great deal. This is your wonderful opportunity to learn all about them from an expert, Bronwyn Ayre. Bronwyn is a PhD candidate at UWA in the school of plant biology and the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, Kings Park. She is investigating the pollination of the Red and Green Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos manglesii). Her project focuses on the conservation, ecological and evolutionary consequences of bird pollination on them. Come join us - but please note we may have moved from Jorgensen Park so check out the venue.

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Enjoying the Australian bush – a flora, fauna and bird walk in Byford – with the DRB

21 September, 10:00 am-12:30 pm
Perth, Australia + Google Map

Excursion: Date to be confirmed, hopefully either Saturday 21st or Sunday 22nd September. "Enjoying the Australian Bush" A flora and bird walk in Byford. Exact location to be decided. In partnership with the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale. The local community will be invited particularly those who are new to living in the Hills area and those new to living in Australia. The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale is one of the top three fastest growing areas in Australia. A lot of people have moved there for cheaper housing but who may know little about living in a semi-rural area. There are a lot of young families and also migrants who are relatively new to the country. This is a great opportunity to help them get to know and enjoy our wonderful natural history as well as giving members of the DRB a wonderful opportunity to discover and learn about the natural history in another beautiful part of the Perth Hills.

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October 2019

The practices, principles and implications of taxonomy, with Kevin Thiele – at the DRB

11 October, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
KALAMUNDA Kalamunda, Australia + Google Map

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn all about taxonomy before we go on our survey of the flora at Kulin next weekend - to check we are identifying the plants correctly! Kevin Thiele has had a long career as a professional botanist and is the former Director of the Western Australian Herbarium and now an Adjunct Senior Lecturer, at the University of Western Australia, specialising in systematic botany.

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Springtime Flora Spectacular – 3 days at Kulin – with the DRB

17 October, 2:00 pm-20 October, 12:30 pm
Camp Kulin, 90 Johnston St,
Kulin, WA 6365 Australia
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Join us for this exciting natural history weekend with the DRB Nats in Kulin. It is spring time - when the flowers will be at their best, and even the Eucalyptus Macrocarpas will be coming out. We came to Kulin in June 2018 and saw so much of interest, and had such a good time, that members have been adamant we must return in spring!

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November 2019

DRB Legends Talk “My life as a naturalist” by Dr Tony Start, and the DRB AGM.

8 November, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Perth, Australia + Google Map

You are invited to the second DRB Legends Talk "My life as a naturalist" by Dr Tony Start, and the DRB AGM. He is responsible for the flora and fauna survey, research and conservation aspects on The Western Australian Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC) and Threatened Ecological Communities Scientific Committee (TECSC) by appointment by the Minister for Environment.

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Becoming a Brilliant Bird Photographer – a workshop with award-winning photographer, Georgina Steytler – at the DRB.

30 November, 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Kanyana, Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, 120 Gilchrist Rd
Lesmurdie, WA 6076 Australia
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Come and learn how to improve your bird photography with award-winning bird and nature photographer, Georgina Steytler. Wow, this is some special opportunity - grab it while you can and bring your camera. It is a three hour hands-on workshop with a top, top photographer. Don't believe me? Just look at SOME of Georgina's awards. There is a limit of 40 on the workshop, and entrance is by ticket only booked in advance. There are no door sales. A donation of $7 per child or adult DRB member and $15 per child or adult visitor. For children aged 10 and above and all adults! Bookings will be open in October 2019. Bring your camera.

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