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Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia

April 2013

Macrofungi, Ecology, Fire and Australia – Main Club

5 April 2013, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Speaker:          Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher Topic:             Fungi all-sorts: macrofungi, ecology, fire and Australia Many people are focused on what species are. Dr. Fisher likes names but is interested in what species do – so focus on the ecology of species. Over the last seventeen years she has been involved in a number of macrofungal projects across Australia. Her talk will take people on a short tour of these projects highlighting the ecology and conservation issues. This includes the collaborative work she…

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February 2014

Annual General Meeting – Main Club, KRM Branch, DR Branch, NS Branch

7 February 2014, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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AGM followed by a series of short presentations by members Note:               The AGM is for the whole Club and it is important that members from all Branches attend.  See December newsletter for nomination forms For KRMB members, there will be no meeting in February; instead members will attend the Main Club AGM. Contact:          9524 2290 if you wish to share a ride to the meeting

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July 2014

Venezuela and the Kimberley Remote Area Expeditions – Main Club

4 July 2014, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Speaker:              Dr Adam Cross Kings Park Research scientist Adam Cross will talk about his experiences during expeditions in during expeditions in remote areas of South America and northern WA. He will talk about his exciting expeditions and enlighten us as to the challenges associated with working and exploring in these extremely remote areas.   Focus talk:                   Justine Barker, last years’ Serventy Prize winner from Curtin University, speaking to us on the topic “Are…

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August 2014

Australian Wildlife Conservancy: a new model for conservation—Mt Gibson and beyond

1 August 2014, 7:25 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Topic:    Australian Wildlife Conservancy: a new model for conservation—Mt Gibson and beyond Speaker: Atticus Fleming, Chief Executive, Australian Wildlife Conservancy Details:    Founded in Western Australia, the non-profit Australian Wildlife Conservancy is now the largest private owner of land for conservation in the country, protecting endangered wildlife across 3 million hectares in iconic locations such as the Kimberley, the Top End, Cape York and the central deserts. AWC is implementing a new model for conservation: delivering large-scale, practical land management (such…

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KRMB Meeting

1 August 2014, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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We will attend the Main Club meeting. Time:                     7.30 pm Contact:              9524 2290 for car pooling arrangements.

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September 2014

Banded Iron Formations of WA

5 September 2014, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Topic: Banded Iron Formations of WA Speaker: Brian Moyle Details: Most of the major iron deposits worldwide occur in rocks called banded iron formation (or BIFs for short), which are finely-layered sedimentary rocks composed of alternating chert (a form of quartz) and iron oxide bands. The banded iron formations of the Hamersley Province in the Pilbara are the thickest and most extensive rocks of this type in the world. The Helena and Aurora Range north of Koolyanobbing in Yilgarn Shire…

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October 2014

Our Dwindling Heritage with the Main Club

3 October 2014, 7:25 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Topic:   Our dwindling heritage: tallying the loss and looking to a future for Australia's mammals. Speaker:    Andrew Burbidge from Dept Parks & Wildlife Details:     Most people are aware of the extinction of the Thylacine; but how many are aware that another 30 species of Australian mammals have become extinct since European settlement? Dr Andrew Burbidge is a co-author of the recently-published ‘The action plan for Australian mammals 2012', which provides a summary of the conservation status of all…

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November 2014

Interesting Geology near Perth

7 November 2014, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Topic: Interesting Geology near Perth Speaker: Jenny Bevan (geologist) Focus: ‘Mosaicultures Internationales Montréal 2013’ in which Peter and Elaine Davison will tell us about an exhibition at the Montreal Botanic Gardens.

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February 2015

Annual General Meeting for whole of the Club

6 February 2015, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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AGM followed by focus talks by Nic Dunlop, Citizen Science Project Coordinator at the CCWA*, with Charles Darwin connections. He will talk on the Charles Darwin Reserve Climate Change Observatory and Rat Island Recovery (island was named by J. Lort Stokes on the Beagle voyage). and Roz Hart & Jolanda Keeble will give a  Summary of Club’s Future Directions.     *Conservation Council of Western Australia

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March 2015

Climate Change Impact on WA Ecosystems

6 March 2015, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Topic:                     Climate change and its impact on WA ecosystems Speaker:                Grant Wardell Johnson (Curtin Uni) Venue:                   Hew Roberts Lecture Theatre, UWA, Clifton St, Nedlands. Time:                      7.30 pm Details:                  Door fee $3 ($5 non-members).

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April 2015

The Secret Life of WA Marine Turtles

10 April 2015, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Topic:  The secret life of WA marine turtles: everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask! Speaker:  Dr Kellie Pendoley Details:  Kellie has over 30 years’ experience as an environmental scientist. Since the early ‘90s she has focused primarily on marine turtles and their interaction with industry, both here and overseas. She has particularly extensive knowledge of marine turtle biology and ecology on the Pilbara coast. Door fee $5 ($3 members) includes raffle ticket, tea/coffee and biscuits after.

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May 2015

Journey to remote Papua New Guinea

1 May 2015, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Topic:                     Journey to remote Papua New Guinea Speaker:                Norm Pinsky Experienced naturalist Norm Pinsky will talk about remote PNG. Dr Lyn Beazley, our new co-Patron, will be welcomed by the Club.

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June 2015

Fungi and Funkey – the new key to genera of macrofungi in Australia

5 June 2015, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Decades in the making, FunKey is a first of its kind, a new, computer-based, easy-to-use, interactive key to the genera of agaric macrofungi of Australia. Using Funkey and matching against simple, illustrated characteristics, it will often be possible to identify any mushroom or toadstool to its correct genus, or at least to a short-list of possible genera. For those with the means and the willingness to go a bit further, FunKey also includes comprehensive microscopic characters, using which it should…

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July 2015

Salt Lakes: Iconic Centres of Evolution in the Western Australian Deserts

3 July 2015, 7:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Topic:                     Salt Lakes: Iconic centres of evolution in the Western Australian deserts. Speaker:                Adrian Pinder Details:                  Adrian will present an overview of salt lake systems in WA, including their evolution, geomorphology, their unique flora and fauna and current conservation issues.  Adrian is program leader for the Wetlands Conservation Program in DPaW, managing a variety of research projects centred on wetland and riverine biodiversity and hydrogeology. Focus:by Nadia Sloan: ‘The effect of perceived sperm competition risk on gene and protein…

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August 2015

Conservation in Australia

7 August 2015, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Topic:                     Conservation in Australia Speaker:                Atticus Fleming, Chief Executive, Australian Wildlife Conservancy    Founded in WA, the non-profit AWC is now the largest private owner of land for conservation in the country, protecting endangered wildlife across 3 million hectares in 23 sanctuaries in e.g. the Kimberley, the Top End, Cape York and the central deserts. AWC is implementing a new model for conservation: delivering large-scale, practical land management, informed by world-class science. AWC sanctuaries safeguard some of the largest…

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September 2015

Frontiers in wildlife ecology

4 September 2015, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Topic: Frontiers in wildlife ecology: how DNA technology has revolutionised wildlife research Speaker: Dr Oliver Berry, Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Details: Invasive mammal species are a grave threat to our native mammals and gathering information about their biology is often difficult because they are elusive and difficult to monitor by conventional techniques. Focusing on foxes, feral cats and wild dogs, Oliver will present five case-studies that illustrate recent breakthroughs in how we understand the behaviour of invasive…

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October 2015

Diversity & Diversification of the Kimberley’s Flora

2 October 2015, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Dr Matthew Barrett, Research Scientist with Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority will discuss the more interesting plants he's discovered, patterns of diversity within the Kimberley, relationships with other bio-geographical areas, and the implications for plant conservation in the Kimberley. Matt Barrett grew up on a cattle station on the Gibb River Road in the Kimberley, and together with his brother Russell, has studied the diversity of Kimberley plants and fungi for over 20 years. The exploration of remote areas of…

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November 2015

Bush Flies and Dung Beetles

6 November 2015, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Dung Beetle Topic:       Bush flies and dung beetles Speaker:   John Matthieson   Focus:       Will be on the recent Pilbara excursion (by Maureen Gardner & co). Door fee $3 includes raffle ticket, tea/coffee and biscuits after.

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February 2016

The big picture of the evolution of plants as revealed by modern phylogenetics + AGM for Whole of Club

5 February 2016, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Topic: AGM followed by talk ‘The big picture of the evolution of plants as revealed by modern phylogenetics’ Speaker: Kevin Thiele, former director of the WA Herbarium Note: The AGM is for the whole Club and it is important that members from all Branches attend. See the newsletter for nomination form, or contact the office. All Council positions will be vacated. Nominations are called for positions: President, two Vice Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer, Journal Editor, Librarian and seven (7) Council Members.

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March 2016

Skink diversity: form, adaptations and ecology

11 March 2016, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Topic:                     Skink diversity: form, adaptations and ecology Speaker:                Robert Browne-Cooper Focus: Hans Lambers will talk briefly about the conservation value of the Alison Baird reserve then outline plans for weed control and restoration. The door fee of $3 includes raffle ticket, tea/coffee and biscuits afterwards

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April 2016

Black Cockatoos: the unfolding crisis

1 April 2016, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Topic:                     Black Cockatoos: the unfolding crisis Speaker:                Ron Johnstone, Curator Ornithology, WA Museum   Details:                Ron Johnstone has worked at the Western Australian Museum for over 46 years and is one of Australia’s most experienced ornithologists. He will provide a brief account of the current distribution, changing status, relative abundance, habitat preferences, breeding season, feeding ecology, social organisation and migration and movements for Black Cockatoo species in the south-west. Door fee $3 includes…

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May 2016

Nudibranchs and Other Molluscs

6 May 2016, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Speaker: Lisa Kirkendale, WA Museum Details:    Lisa is a very entertaining speaker who will tell us about nudibranchs—a group of very attractive marine molluscs—as well as other interesting species.   Focus: There will also be a short focus by Elaine Davison on the Amanita genus of fungi. Door fee $3 includes raffle ticket, tea/coffee and biscuits after.

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June 2016

Buffel Grass – Main Club talk

10 June 2016, 7:30 pm-9:45 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Buffel grass is perhaps the most widespread and invasive of all 1000 weed species in WA. The talk will cover the genus Cenchrus, its native and weedy species and Buffel grass in Australia in particular. Our speaker,Greg Keighery (Senior Principal Research Scientist, Science Division) is a botanist in DPaW’s biogeography program, largely responsible for regional scale surveys to establish conservation networks. Focus talk will be from Serventy student Megan Cundy on her Honours project in Jurien Bay and work she…

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July 2016

Our rich and varied undersea meadows

1 July 2016, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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We’ll hear why the seagrass meadows play such an important role in the marine ecology along our coastline and highlight some of their remarkable features, such as submarine pollination, which enable such an ancient group of flowering plants to flourish in a salty submarine environment. The south-west contains extensive seagrass meadows along 2,500 km of coastline from the shallow subtidal to 50m+  water depths, and in many of the estuaries along the coast. Marion Cambridge is a marine biologist specializing…

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August 2016

Main Club meeting: Moth-Boronia Interdependence

5 August 2016, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Heliozelidae moth-Boronia Interdependence Speaker:                Andy Young, Kangaroo Island (SA) entomologist During the past six years, a research team headed by Professor Doug Hilton of Melbourne Uni, along with Andy Young of Kangaroo Island, have been working on revising the little-known family of tiny, day-flying moths, the Heliozelidae. During this research, much of which has been centred on south-west WA, an astonishing number of new species of these moths have been discovered. One of the most exciting findings has been the…

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September 2016

Fauna Translocation in Western Australia

2 September 2016, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Fauna translocation has been used in WA as a tool to improve the conservation status of threatened vertebrates, and to reconstruct faunal ecosystems since 1971. Manda Page, Principal Zoologist at Dept of Parks & Wildlife will explore the history of fauna translocation in WA, lessons learned, the role of translocation in fauna conservation and recovery, and some the future initiatives. It is noteworthy that WA has undertaken more conservation translocations than any other State or Territory and more than 50…

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October 2016

Banksia Woodlands: Restoration, Weeds and Fire

7 October 2016, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Speaker:  Mark Brundrett, Senior Ecologist in the Dept of Parks & Wildlife and Adjunct Associate Professor at UWA. Mark’s talk summarises how the Banksia Woodland Restoration Project has established new Banksia woodland, managed weeds in natural habitats and set up a comprehensive monitoring program. He compares the diversity, cover and abundance of weeds and native plants in restoration and references sites, as well as before and after weed management and fire. Mark will summarise mechanisms and trends for the recovery…

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November 2016

How Plate Tectonics Shapes Our World

4 November 2016, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Speaker: Jenny Bevan, Honorary Research Fellow, School of Earth & Environment, UWA Jenny Bevan will explain how plate tectonics shaped the world when she gives a talk for the WA Naturalists’ Club. Jenny says that the upper layers of the Earth—the crust, riding on the solid upper part of the mantle—are broken into plates that can move independently. The main driver is thermal circulation in the deeper, more fluid layers of the Earth’s mantle. “Different scenarios can arise, depending both…

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February 2017

‘Dr Bugalugs’ Darryl Hardie & AGM

3 February 2017, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Dr Darryl Hardie (‘Dr Bugalugs’ from ABC Local Radio) will discuss the role of citizen science in protecting our environment from pest species and demonstrate the MyPestGuide app; we will also have the AGM for the whole Club.

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March 2017

Urban Wetlands: The Key to Quality of Life

10 March 2017, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Topic:                         Urban wetlands: the key to quality of life Speaker:               Jane Chambers, Academic Chair for Environmental Science and Environmental Management and Sustainability at Murdoch University. Details:                  Dr Chambers will explain the necessity of conserving wetlands in urban areas, presenting a vision of what is possible through enlightened development. With over 30 years experience in wetland research, management and restoration in WA and internationally, Jane has also served as Deputy Chair…

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April 2017

Fire management at Kings Park

7 April 2017, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Our speaker tonight, Dr Ben Miller, Director Science, BGPA, will be talking about fire management at Kings Park.

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May 2017

Weird and Wonderful Spiders of the South-west

5 May 2017, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Julianne Waldock, Technical Officer, Arachnology/Myriapodology, WA Museum will present a talk entitled "Weird and Wonderful Spiders of the South-west"

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June 2017

The Western Ground Parrot and the Night Parrot

9 June 2017, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Topic: The Western Ground Parrot and the Night Parrot Speaker: Allan Burbidge The Critically Endangered Western Ground Parrot has been declining for decades, for a variety of reasons including inappropriate fire regimes and introduced predators. Allan will describe how dedicated naturalists have contributed to efforts to save the species, and how threats are being addressed by working with community groups (including the Friends of the Western Ground Parrot) and the Perth Zoo. The closest relative of the Ground Parrots is…

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July 2017

Dune Mobility and Geohazards

7 July 2017, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Sand dunes between Perth and Geraldton are a little-recognised but important geohazard.

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August 2017

Atlas of Living Australia

4 August 2017, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Mick will explain the CSIRO’s Atlas of Living Australia’s new mobile App – BioCollect – which enables citizen scientists to upload photographic (or other) records of plants, animals, fungi or any other species of interest to the Atlas of Living Australia’s online data repository.

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September 2017

A Community Survey of the Native Water Rat (Rakali)

1 September 2017, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Tonight's speaker, Dr. Geoff Barrett will speak about the 2014 community survey of native water rats (Rakali)

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October 2017

Wildflowers: what is a ‘good season’?

6 October 2017, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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WA is world famous for the number and diversity of its native wildflowers. Here we have the whole gamut from superb flowering trees, shrubs orchids and herbs. WA is a third of Australia’s area and contains tropical, arid and temperate areas, each with their own suite of wildflowers. In each area a good season depends on rain, its timing, duration and amount. The types of flowers may be dominated by annuals to trees depending on climate, soils, weather and fire…

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November 2017

Promoting the Conservation and Value of the Western Australian Flora Year

3 November 2017, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Tonight's speaker, Grady Brand, Senior Curator Kings Park, will be talking on "Promoting the conservation and value of the Western Australian flora year" Grady has worked in various positions at Kings Park for the past 39 years. He has a wealth of knowledge about WA flora and natural landscapes and is passionate about the environment and its ongoing conservation. With responsibility for horticultural and landscape development and management, Grady has played a key role in the planning, implementation and ongoing…

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March 2018

Woodland and Forest Health

9 March 2018, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Prof Giles Hardy, Professor in Forest Pathology from Murdoch University will speak on "Woodland and Forest Health" tonight at 7.30 pm in the  Hew Roberts Lecture Theatre, Clifton St, Nedlands. Prof Hardy’s main research interests are associated with the impact of diseases on ecosystem function and health, in managed and natural ecosystems. His emphasis has been in four areas: The biology, ecology, pathology, genetics and control of Phytophthora cinnamomi in managed and natural ecosystems. More recently this has extended to…

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April 2018

Filming & producing wildlife documentaries—at sea and on land

6 April 2018, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Tonight Leighton De Barros, founder and joint CEO of Sea Dog TV International will take us through some of his adventures, including: An incident off the coast of Fitzgerald River National Park, where he was chased underwater by an over-inquisitive juvenile Southern Right Whale whilst filming for the ABC Natural History Unit. Whale Patrol—which features the DPAW team and the late Doug Coughran freeing entangled whales. Birthplace of the Giants, when the team filmed the Humpback migration to the Kimberley, including recording…

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May 2018

Pollinators, fire and cockatoos, and the evolution of woody-fruited hakeas

4 May 2018, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Professor Byron Lamont will speak on the topic of Pollinators, fire and cockatoos, and the evolution of woody-fruited hakeas   Byron Lamont first studied Agricultural Science at UWA before turning to Botany as a postgraduate. He is the only botanist to receive a Doctor of Science from UWA over the past 70 years. Byron is an expert on adaptations of Mediterranean floras—especially those in south-west Australia—to fire, poor soils, summer drought, herbivores and pollinators. He is particularly interested in the evolution…

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July 2018

Create Ranger Parks

6 July 2018, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Tonight's speaker is Renae Boyd who is a Community Organiser with Partnership for the Outback. Renae has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Conservation Biology from UWA. Twenty years ago, the Western Australian government purchased 5 million hectares of specially selected Outback stations with a positive and visionary goal—to protect the state’s most remarkable landscapes and unique biodiversity for future generations. Since then however, these properties have been forgotten and neglected. Create Ranger Parks is a community-driven initiative calling on…

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August 2018

Looking at Trees in Perth and Beyond

3 August 2018, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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The presenter of tonight's talk will be Robert Powell. Robert’s talk will be about the delights of observing naturally occurring tree species in Perth and beyond. He will illustrate the varied form of some common and less common species, and how they are influenced by aspects of their environment, such as soil, salt winds, adjacent trees, fire, associated insects, and the progress of time. Finally, he will briefly discuss ways of allowing natural trees to regenerate, as an alternative to…

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September 2018

Travel across the world for bandicoot treasures

7 September 2018, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Tonight's Speaker: Dr Kenny Travouillon, WA Museum Museum collections often house some hidden treasures. New species are sometimes found amongst specimens of another, unnoticed for decades. However, specimens can often be scattered across several museums, in different states or countries, making it difficult and expensive to access and study them properly. The Churchill Fellowship gives a unique opportunity to travel to multiple museums in multiple countries, to undertake such study. This journey aimed to study closely all museum specimens in…

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October 2018

Christmas Island—naturally

5 October 2018, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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With the Main Club.  Our speaker at tonight's general meeting is Kevin Coate who will speak on "Christmas Island—naturally" Kevin is a life member of the WA Naturalists Club. In 1975 he and his wife Yvonne ventured into nature-based tourism, specialising in expeditions to more remote areas of Australia and helped pioneer nature-based tourism along the Kimberley coast. In 1990 he began taking naturalists, many from the Club, to Christmas Island—a small tropical island that was once the steep tip of a…

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November 2018

Mesozoic Dinosaurs of Western Australia

2 November 2018, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Dr Mikael Siversson, Head of the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at Western Australian Museum will speak to us tonight on Mesozoic dinosaurs of Western Australia Mikael is a leading authority on Cretaceous lamniform sharks and has also published scientific articles on dinosaurs, marine reptiles, pterosaurs and mammals from the Cretaceous period. In spite of 50 years of prospecting for dinosaur bones in WA by palaeontologists at the WA Museum, only three bones have ever been found. Ironically, none of…

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February 2019

Annual General Meeting 2019 + the Fauna of Kings Park

1 February, 7:30 pm-8:00 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2019 The Annual General Meeting of the Western Australian Naturalists’ Club (Inc.) will be held prior to the General Meeting at 7.30. Note: The AGM is for the whole Club and it is important that members from all Branches attend.  All Council positions will be vacated. Minutes of the previous (2018) AGM are posted on the Club’s website. Please note that five current members will not be renominating. Nominations are called for 14 positions, all of which…

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March 2019

Meteorite impacts in Western Australia and Australia. An overview¦a smorgasbord of Earth wounds

8 March, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Photo: Courtesy Dept of Mines and Petroleum,  Government of Western Australia Hickman Crater from the west Made only in ultra-high pressures such as big meteorite impacts, proof of the impact. Photo M. Freeman Mike Freeman is our guest speaker tonight and he will give an illustrated talk on how our Earth has been wounded many times by lumps of rock or masses of iron since it was formed. Some of these impacts have had a major effect on the evolution of life…

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April 2019

rainforest on levee bank. King Edward river

Botanical Work in the Kimberley

5 April, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Our speaker tonight is Professor Kevin Kenneally AM, UWA School of Agriculture & Environment and president of WA Gould League. Kevin will speak to us about his recent botanical studies in the Kimberley, making particular reference to his paper ‘Kimberley tropical monsoon rainforests of Western Australia’, which was published last year in the prestigious Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. KIMBERLEY MONSOON RAINFORESTS – A FOCUS OF BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY There are more than 1,500 patches of monsoon rainforest,…

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May 2019

Cetaceans and other marine life of Perth and Bremer Canyons

3 May, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Leanne Sharp, Director of  Whale Watch Western Australia (WWWA), will be speaking on Cetaceans and other marine life of Perth and Bremer Canyons Whale Watchers all over the world are limited to the migration patterns of different whales which only last 3-6 months. WWWA now offer whale watching experiences 12 months of the year sighting some of the rarest whales over a 750 kilometre ocean coverage. Western Australia has not only the largest Humpback migration in the world but guaranteed sightings…

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June 2019

Yule Brook and the Greater Brixton Wetlands

7 June, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
“Hew Roberts”, Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, WA 6909 Australia
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Our Speaker tonight is  Prof. Hans Lambers, School of Biological Sciences, UWA South-western Australia is a global biodiversity hotspot, where the greatest plant species diversity is found on the most severely nutrient-impoverished soils. Three National Parks and Greater Perth harbour the greatest plant species diversity in south-western Australia. Within Greater Perth, the Greater Brixton Wetlands are notorious for their enormous plant species richness, and home to numerous plant species that have special conservation value, as well as several threatened ecological…

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