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Darwin Day¦Excursion and Talk

10 February 2019, 10:00 am

In recognition of upcoming International Darwin Day on February 12th, we invite all club members, especially Young Naturalists from all Branches to join us at to hear Michelle Martin talk about Darwin and the Galapagos finches and about the Osprey’s perfectly evolved form and behaviour for the local environment. There will also be a walk up to view the Osprey at Blackwall Reach, with more details about other Osprey that live on the Swan River.

The Grampians, Volcanic Plain and Anglesea Heathland¦ANN2018

20 February 2019, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm

Northern Suburbs Branch Topic: ANN2018 – The Grampians, Volcanic Plain and Anglesea Heathland Speaker: Don Poynton Members are reminded to bring specimens, observations, photos etc. for everyone to learn and enjoy and please remember to wear your name tag.


Sawfish of the Kimberley

20 March 2019, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm

Pistris pistris, Townsville.  Simon Fraser University - University Communications , via Wikimedia Commons With the NS BRANCH Tonight, Karissa Lear (PhD candidate, Murdoch University) will speak on "Sawfish of the Kimberley" The Fitzroy River in the Kimberley, WA, hosts four of the world’s five highly threatened sawfish species, including the Critically Endangered Freshwater Sawfish (Pristis pristis). This species has undergone a major global decline, and the Fitzroy River now represents their last known intact nursery habitat. However, this region is…

Watermans Bay¦Beachcombing and Snorkelling

27 March 2019, 10:00 am

with the NORTHERN SUBURBS BRANCH Meeting at the  Lawn Area at Watermans Bay next to playground, opposite Ada Street. Parking: along West Coast Highway or Watermans Reef car park on western side of West Coast Highway between Ada and Margaret St. We will take a walk along the Beach at Waterman’s Bay, examine the fossil corals then take a swim and a snorkel at Granny’s Pool. So bring your bathers and snorkel. Suggest you wear your bathers underneath as there are…

The Greatest Class of Animals

17 April 2019, 7:30 pm

Northern Suburbs Branch Dr Brian Gunn is our guest speaker and will talk about "The greatest class of animals" Come and find out why our guest speaker has chosen this intriguing title at the Northern Suburbs Branch General Meeting Brian grew up in Malawi (formerly Nyasaland) and after time in agriculture and mining continued his education in South Africa completing a PhD at Rhodes University. He continued in research in the agricultural field in bio-control and then for a Swiss…

Museum of Natural History and Academy of Taxidermy¦Golly Walk

24 April 2019, 10:00 am

with the NORTHERN SUBURBS BRANCH Location: James St, Guildford Time: 10.00 am Meet: 131 James St, Guildford (look for the dinosaur out the front) Details: The Museum of Natural History is home to hundreds of taxidermy displays of native Australian animals, birds, fish and reptiles. There are dinosaurs as well. The exhibits are the work of one of Australia's leading taxidermists, Michael Buzza. We have arranged for our visit to include a one-hour guided tour by Michael, who runs the…

Advances in Remote Sensing in a Changing Climate

15 May 2019, 7:30 pm

Graham Ezzy is our speaker tonight. Conventional land-based observations are typically collected at fixed intervals with limited spatial coverage, whereas satellite remote sensing allows for continual monitoring on the global scale. This has greatly enhanced our understanding of the climate system and its variations.  Graham’s talk will discuss the advances and limitations of remote sensing in climate change studies.  In collaboration with Landgate's Satellite Remote Sensing Services, Graham was the first to use, in near real time, satellite data for…

Careniup Swamp and The Secret Garden

22 May 2019, 10:00 am

GOLLY WALK—with the NORTHERN SUBURBS BRANCH Location: Gwelup Time:  10.00 am Meet: Car park on Careniup Ave opposite Warrener Gardens. More street parking 100m south. Details: The Careniup Swamp Reserve in Gwelup is made up of unique environments including wetlands, large open spaces and urban forests and fields, and has become the perfect place for bird watching, photography, nature play and walking. It is also home to the Secret Garden. Distance about 3.0 km. Bring gumboots for the Secret Garden…

Mistletoes in Western Australia

19 June 2019, 7:30 pm

Our Speaker tonight: Dr Tony Start (formerly of DBCA) Most of us can recognise the common mistletoe (Amyema miqueilii) growing in a eucalypt but what other trees and plants host mistletoes? This is an opportunity to learn from mistletoe expert, Dr Tony Start, as he explains, among other things, the different types of mistletoes and hosts in Western Australia; which mistletoes are endemic to the state; how mistletoes regenerate and how vulnerable the mistletoes are to fire. Members are reminded…

Carine Swamp¦GOLLY Walk

26 June 2019, 10:00 am

with the NORTHERN SUBURBS BRANCH Meet: Car park at the Riding for Disabled Association centre, Dedben Pl off Monyash Road, Carine. Carine Open Space is centred around two swamps which are home to a large variety bird life. A wide range of flowers and native trees are also abundant, especially around the bigger swamp, which has a walking trail weaving through its depths. This will also an opportunity to look for fungi. Along the way we will visit the heritage…

The French Connection: Truffles and Escargot

13 July 2019, 8:30 am

Meet at the Balga Car Park, Forrest Drive at 8.30 am prompt as we want to “catch” the snails a before they retreat. On the day before Bastille Day, members of the Fungi Study Group and snail enthusiasts Ben Schneider and Andrew Cummings from the Northern Suburbs Branch will lead us on searches for fungi and snails in Kings Park. It should be a great opportunity to see what winter rain brings out in an area we usually associate with…

Rocking around Australia: The shapes and shaping of Australia, from its early beginnings in WA

17 July 2019, 7:30 pm

Our Speaker tonight, Peter Alcock, geologist will  help us take a look at geological evidence around Australia demonstrating significant events during the evolution of the continent. Peter studied Geology at UWA during the sixties and spent the next seven years exploring for mainly base metals and coal in Eastern and Northern Australia. After travelling with a young family for 18 months through Japan, Europe and North America, he settled into a farming life but eventually returned to exploration geology, where he was a…

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