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Be a brilliant bird photographer, workshop with award-winning photographer, Georgina Steytler – DRB.

30 November, 10:00 am-1:00 pm

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 is invited to help us cover the speaker fee, venue hire, insurance and other costs of running it. For children aged 10 and above and all adults! It is nearly full - book soon. Bring your camera! NB: This is the last DRB event for 2019.

2019 Xmas Picnic & BBQ—For the Whole Club

6 December, 5:30 pm-8:30 pm

Time:               5:30 pm bird walk, 6:00 pm picnic Cost:                Gold coin donation Activities:        Bird walk, picnic, raffle, photo session, fun quiz prepared by John Dell. Bring:                     Food & drinks, plus even house numbers bring salad, odd numbers dessert, to share. Items for the hampers (to be raffled). Digital photos of 2019 activities (max. of 10 per person). No slides. Mosquito protection, binoculars. You might also like to wear something with a natural history theme e.g. hat, scarf or…

DRB December meeting has been cancelled but we wish you a happy Christmas

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

We were hoping to have a great end-of-year event with Michael Byrne on trees on 13 December but sadly due to issues outside of our control our venue is being unexpectedly closed that week by the City of Kalamunda. The good news is that Michael has moved his talk on trees and will give his tree climbing demonstration at our March 2002 meeting. Our last events for 2019 will be our DRB Elders talk by Tony Start on 8th November 2019 and our bird photography workshop on 30th November 2019. It will still be a great end to a very successful year. See you there. Happy Christmas to you, see you in the new year.


DRB Nats is closed for the new year break

10 January 2020

The DRB Nats wishes everyone  a very happy new year. We are closed for the New Year break and will reopen on February 14th 2020 with an amazing evening of spiders and macro-photography.

Macro-photography, peacock spiders & other arachnids as never before, with Paul Irvine – DRB Nats

14 February 2020, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm

Paul Irvine and his 12yr old son Joshua will show you astounding photographs of close-ups of spiders and other insects. They will talk about spiders and macro-photography as amateur enthusiasts and focus on species of arachnids such as jumping spiders including Maratus the peacock spiders, wolf spiders, orb weavers and huntsman amongst others. That's not all - you'll also see and learn about other inverts such as ants, leaf hoppers, toad bugs and paradise flies fin our local area in the Perth Hills and how they have found them, identify them and use simple methods of shooting them (with a camera of course, particularly DSLR). If you like photography, insects, spiders or just want a great night out - come and join us in Woodlupine Hall in Forestfield.

Stargazing under the night sky: Excursion led by Art Harvey from the Observatory – DRB

22 February 2020, 7:15 pm-10:00 pm

A naked-eye tour of the Southern Night Sky in February 2020, led by Art Harvey an experienced guide from the Observatory. Art will use a powerful laser pointer to direct attention to each object we see. Venus will be dipping towards the western horizon early in the evening. To the north along the ecliptic plane, we will see the zodiacal constellations Taurus and Gemini ...and this is only the beginning there will be much more to see. The moon will not be visible from 7.30pm to midnight and the Oval lights will be turned off so viewing of the night sky will be optimal. It is an exciting follow-up to the brilliant talk Art gave to the DRB Nats in 2019 - he is back by popular demand. Please book in...

Birds in your garden street or reserve in Armadale – workshop – DRB

7 March 2020, 9:15 am-12:30 pm

An interactive, highly informative and fascinating workshop on the birds in your garden, street or reserve in the city of Armadale - how to identify, attract and care for them. Would you like to know how to recognise and name the different birds in your garden, street or reserve or how to attract more of them to your garden, or what kinds of food and habitat they need? If so, this is for you - especially if you live in or around the City of Armadale, as it will focus specifically on the birds in that area. Two bird enthusiasts and members of the The Darling Range Branch of the WA Naturalists Club (DRB Nats), Rachel and Mike Green, have teamed up with the City of Armadale to put on this popular workshop, it will book out fast, join them and leave inspired.

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

13 March 2020, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm

Trees and more local trees - in all their many aspects with Arborist, Michael Bryne. He 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. As a special bonus, Michael also hopes to give us a tree climbing demonstration. He is a champion tree climber. Come join us - remember our venue changed in October 2019 to Woodlupine Community Centre hall in Forrestfield. See you there.

The amazing family of dogs: barkers and biters, by Mike Griffiths – DRB

10 April 2020, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm

Mike Griffiths has grown up in the DRB Nats and at the age of 14 gave a talk on "Dogs of the world." Our older members still remember it with enthusiasm. Now Mike returns to give us an updated version of his talk - now he is slightly older and knows even more about them. Dogs make very popular pets in the Perth Hills and beyond - come join us to learn all about them.

Spiders and other creepy-crawlies with Dr Mark Harvey, at the DRB

8 May 2020, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm

Dr Mark Harvey, is the Head, of Terrestrial Zoology and Senior Curator, Arachnids & Myriapods at the WA Museum.

Medicinal plants of the Perth Hills from a Noongar perspective, with Marissa Verma @ DRB (tbc)

12 June 2020, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm

Marissa Verma is the Managing Director of Bindi Bindi Dreaming, where she is passionate about bringing Noongar culture to the community. Since 2000 she and her family-owned company have been delivering 100% authentic Aboriginal guided tours to visitors from both the Domestic and International tourism market as well local people living here in Perth and surrounds. She provides walks, talks and cultural experiences to showcase the unique Noongar culture of Perth. She also has a background in natural resource management and studied environmental science at Curtin University. She was a big hit at the club last year when she presented with Mark Tucek on Tuckerbush plants and now she is coming back on her own so we can learn about Medicinal plants of the Perth Hills from a Noongar perspective.Join us fro a great evening. *Date tbc.

DRB meeting – topic to be decided

10 July 2020, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm

DRB meeting - topic to be decided - Friday 10th July 2020.

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