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Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia

DRB Nats meetings are held here until August 2019 after which the Pavilion is being demolished and rebuilt and we will be moving, we don’t know to where yet.
End of Crescent Rd, off Mundaring Weir Road, Kalamunda

July 2014

Young Naturalists Fungi Workshop

13 July 2014, 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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Learn about the main groups of fungi and join us for another exciting fungi foray. Meet 10.00 AM at Jorgenson Park Pavillion, at the end of Cresent Road, off Mundaring Weir Road, Kalamunda. Cost: $5 per family donation Contact: Steve Page, youngnats@wanaturalists.org.au

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February 2017

Native Bees in Your Garden

10 February 2017, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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Topic: Native bees in your garden. Speaker: Faye  Arcaro – Horticultural Journalist at Botanic Obsession, presenter on "The Garden Gurus" Channel 9, and "Let's Talk Gardening" on Curtin FM 100.1. We also have a "Nature road show"; a "What's new in natural history" focus + a door prize. Faye is a native bees enthusiast and runs the "Native Bees of Western Australia" Facebook page. She has photographs and information on the types of native bees we can find in our gardens in the…

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A Beginners’ Guide to Natural History in the Perth Hills

24 February 2017, 12:45 pm-2:45 pm
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Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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The Darling Range Branch of the WA Naturalists' Club is presenting a day-time course "A beginners' guide to natural history in the Perth Hills" February - March 2017 Dates: Four consecutive Friday afternoons starting on Friday 24th February, and continuing on 3rd, 10th and 17th March 2017. Times: 12.45pm-2.45pm. Today is Session 1: Birds of the Perth Hills. How to identify honeyeaters, fantails, wrens, owls, robins, birds of prey and more ... and how to identify bird calls and see…

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March 2017

A Beginners’ Guide to Natural History in the Perth Hills

3 March 2017, 12:45 pm-2:45 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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The Darling Range Branch of the WA Naturalists' Club is presenting a day-time course "A beginners' guide to natural history in the Perth Hills" February - March 2017. Sorry this is now full - we have had a sell out crowd with 40 people booked in. Dates: Four consecutive Friday afternoons starting on Friday 24th February, and continuing on 3rd, 10th and 17th March 2017. Times: 12.45pm-2.45pm. Today is Session 2: Mammals of the Perth Hills: from Bandicoots, Bats and Bushrats…

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A Beginners’ Guide to Natural History in the Perth Hills

10 March 2017, 12:45 pm-2:45 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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The Darling Range Branch of the WA Naturalists' Club is presenting a day-time course "A beginners' guide to natural history in the Perth Hills" February - March 2017 Dates: Four consecutive Friday afternoons starting on Friday 24th February, and continuing on 3rd, 10th and 17th March 2017. Times: 12.45pm-2.45pm. Sorry this is now full - we have had a sell out crowd with 40 people booked in. Today is Session 3: Common creepy crawlies and other invertebrates you'll find in…

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What We Have Learnt From Living With Kangaroos In Our Garden

10 March 2017, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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Speakers: Mike Green – Chairman of the Darling Range Branch of the WA Naturalists' Club and Rachel Green - Deputy Chair. Topic: What we've learnt from living with kangaroos in our garden. Thirteen years ago we moved to a six acre property in the Perth Hills and discovered we were living with a mob of kangaroos. At the time we knew very little about them but have since studied, watched, interacted and photographed them. Tonight we will share what we've…

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A Beginners’ Guide to Natural History in the Perth Hills

17 March 2017, 12:45 pm-2:45 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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The Darling Range Branch of the WA Naturalists' Club is presenting a day-time course "A beginners' guide to natural history in the Perth Hills" February - March 2017 Dates: Four consecutive Friday afternoons starting on Friday 24th February, and continuing on 3rd, 10th and 17th March 2017. Times: 12.45pm-2.45pm. Sorry this is now full - we have had a sell out crowd with 40 people booked in. Session 4: Flowers of the Perth Hills: where to find them, why they…

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April 2017

Birds in Your Garden

21 April 2017, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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Silvereye, nest feeding chicks

Want to know what that bird is in your garden or wish to attract more birds to your area? Or find out why birds behave in the way they do? Come along to this meeting and learn all about the birds in your garden and the "Birds in Backyards" research, education and conservation program. Learn how to identify the birds in your area and understand how they live, and how you can create bird-friendly spaces in your garden and local community. Entrance fee: $3.00 per person. Includes tea and coffee. Pay at the door. Bookings not required.
PLUS: A special focus talk on stick insects by our youngest member: Andrew Wallace.

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Bird walk with Mike Green & Friends of Jorgensen Park

30 April 2017, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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A great opportunity to learn more about the flora and fauna in Jorgensen Park in Kalamunda and to exchange knowledge with the Friends of Jorgensen Park. Options for all levels of physical ability.

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May 2017

Flowers of the Perth Hills: A talk by Ken Patterson

12 May 2017, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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Come and learn more about the unique and abundant flowers of the Perth Hills and how to identify them. Ken Patterson, our speaker, is a flora expert who ...

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June 2017

Spiders of the Perth Hills and Trapdoors Galore, with Mick Davis

9 June 2017, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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If you love spiders, or just want to learn some more about them, come along and hear about what eight legged critters are living near you in the Perth Hills! You'll also hear about and see the trapdoor spiders of WA too. Arachnophile and local ecologist, Mick Davis, will take you on a virtual journey of discovery to learn more about spiders, why they are important and how to find them near you! With a special passion for Mygalomorph spiders (yes, the big black scary ones!), Mick will take you into the hidden lives of these ancient and secretive invertebrates, while also exploring some of the more interesting and charismatic spiders you might find around the Perth Hills region. For those that are keen there will also be a guided walk to join after the talk, so make sure you bring your headlamps or torches. There will also be the opportunity to see Mick using the Atlas of Living Australia. What a great night! Please join us.

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July 2017

Common reptiles in the Perth Hills, with Ashleigh Wolfe.

14 July 2017, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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Want to know about the reptiles in the Perth Hills? Come join us for this inspiring and information packed night with Ashleigh Wolfe. She will help you learn how to identify the different reptiles, snakes, lizards, etc we get in the Perth Hills and to understand their behaviour, She will also tell us about the results of her PhD studies ... where she examined dugites and bobtails and their diet, home range, and behavioural responses when approached by a human. Come join us!

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August 2017

Weeds of the Perth Hills, with Penny Hussey AM.

11 August 2017, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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Join the DRB Nats for a great night with weed expert, Penny Hussey, co-author of "Western Weeds". What is a weed and what isn't? What weeds do we have in the Perth Hills? How do we identify them? What we do with them when we find them? Penny will address these and other questions during her illustrated talk.

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September 2017

Eddy Wajon on Flora and Fauna of Gondwana Link

8 September 2017, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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It's spring, the best season for our wonderful WA wildflowers. The DRB Nats are really excited to have wildflower specialist and author of four books on "Spring Wildflowers in WA", Eddy Wajon, as our guest speaker at our September meeting on Friday 8th September 2017, at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start, in Kalamunda. Join us! Eddy is bringing his books and his 2018 calendars for sale too.

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October 2017

Wildlife of the Perth Hills – up close at the DRB

13 October 2017, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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Tonight is a special night. Not only do we have two top speakers on "Wildlife in the Perth Hills: Their lives, adaptations and differences" but you will be able to get up-close and personal with some of the animals they are bringing. Thanks to Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, you will be able to see a live Red-tailed black cockatoo, an Echidna, a Tawny Frogmouth, a Bearded Dragon and at least one other "mystery" animal. Plus, we have a special extra short talk from our youngest member, aged 10, Andrew Wallace on "Arachnids, from scorpions to spiders" and you will be able to learn the difference between a rat and a quenda. We also hope to have some special guests as well. A special night indeed. Please join us.

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November 2017

A fascinating journey through the flora, fauna and history of Jorgensen Park (and DRB AGM)

10 November 2017, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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Join us for a fascinating journey though the flora, fauna and history of Jorgensen Park by Joy McGilvray, co-ordinator Friends of Jorgensen Park and DRB member. Jorgensen Park became home of the DRB this year and Joy took us on an excursion in April to see all the active revegetation areas they have planted. We also did a brief plant and bird survey and saw much flora and fauna of interest. She also had fascinating charts of the vegetation levels in years gone by in comparison to now and the impact that housing has had on the park. Our DRB AGM will also be included but our Chair has promised not to be boring! Of course, there will be the same lovely refreshments afterwards and the opportunity to win two door prizes. See you on the 10th November in Kalamunda.

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December 2017

Wedgetailed eagles – their story, as told by Simon Cherriman

8 December 2017, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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It's our Christmas event - expect the unexpected! We have a captivating and fascinating speaker: Simon Cherriman, who will inspire children and adults alike with his stories, passion and discoveries on Wedge-tailed Eagles. He is dedicated to caring for and understanding the Wedge-tailed eagle and has spent more than half his life studying, photographing and filming them. Recently he has begun a PhD on Wedge-tailed Eagle movement ecology. Plus, we will have the children's competition winner for the year announced, a Christmas natural history quiz, great Christmas food, and possibly even a visit from Father Christmas! Come join us for a great start to Christmas 2017 and the end of a great year with the DRB Nats.

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February 2018

Spineless Wonders with David Knowles: The mysterious world of invertebrates – live and up-close

9 February 2018, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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David Knowles is described as the single, most knowledgeable and entertaining generalist demonstrator/presenter on insects in Western Australia. He does professional invertebrate surveys and is a fantastic photographer and inspiring speaker. If you ever wonder what the insects are flying around your garden or park he will help you tell them apart and learn about the magnificent invertebrate world they inhabit. He will draw on his extensive experience in conducting comprehensive invertebrate surveys in Bungendore Park on the western edge of the Darling Scarp, and will show us the amazing insects he has found there. He will inspire a greater love and understanding of these spineless wonders and you'll get the chance to see live ones first hand - yes literally - you will be offered the chance to hold them in your hand. Best put the 9th Feb in your diary now and bring the whole family.

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March 2018

Western Shield: How it is managing WA’s threatened fauna in the Perth Hills and beyond with Dr Michelle Drew – at the DRB

9 March 2018, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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Want to know how to stop foxes, feral cats and other threats to our native wildlife? This talk, by the Co-ordinator of Western Shield, Dr Michelle Drew, will explain how "Western Shield" is helping to monitor and manage threatened fauna in the Perth Hills and beyond - and how you can help. Western Shield is the Department of Parks and Wildlife's lead animal conservation program. It is one of the biggest wildlife conservation programs ever undertaken in Australia. Michelle, as the co-ordinator, has thousands of photographs and video footage of native animals and will bring examples of them from the work Western Shield does in the Perth Hills. These may include echidnas, woylie's, chuditches, phascogales, numbats, mardos and more. She will also talk about: Mammal extinctions in Australia, How DBCA helps to manage populations of threatened species, How you can help as interested citizens, and The camera monitoring techniques and equipment they use. Please join us!

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April 2018

Frogs of the Perth Hills: their calls, identification and life-cycles, with the Frog Doctor, Johnny Prefumo – at the DRB

13 April 2018, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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A lively talk on frogs so you can learn more about frogs, especially the frogs in the Perth Hills: their calls, identification and lifestyles. You'll learn how to recognise them, what they each sound like, how they live, the frog life cycle, what they eat, how they breed, how to attract them to our gardens ... everything about them really! Our speaker Johnny Prefumo, is the former ABC radio personality, the Frog Doctor and is an Environmental Biologist with a double major in Environmental Management and Biological Science. He knows about frogs and so will you by the end of this great talk at the DRB Nats. Please join us. As a bonus there will be a short talk by one of our youngest members too, on carnivorous plants, plus our nature road show with our new projectors so everyone can see easily.

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May 2018

The geology of the Perth hills and local area, with Mike Freeman at the DRB

11 May 2018, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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Ever been curious about the geology of the Perth hills and local area, and wanted to know what the rocks are that you can see? Have you ever looked at the Perth Hills and asked why they follow a north-south line? Maybe you've wondered why some of their rocks are brown while others are grey? Do you know the difference between granite and dolerite or what a nice piece of gneiss looks like? If you don’t know the answers to these questions but would like to know what they are, then come along to our talk tonight and have all your geological questions answered with our speaker Mike Freeman, Project Geologist. The talk will set us up to better understand the features we will see in the quarry on the excursion on the following weekend. And we have our "kid's talk", our "nature table", our door prizes, and our "Apps for Nats" segment which this month is on a new App to help you identify spiders. Come join us for a fascinating night at the DRB Nats.

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June 2018

The wallabies of south-west WA, with a focus on the Perth Hills, by Dr Nicole Willers – at the DRB

8 June 2018, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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Nicole will talk about the wallabies of south-west WA, focusing on those around the Perth Hills. She will discuss the difference between a wallaby and kangaroo, and the different types of wallabies in terms of biology, habitat, threats, etc. She will include lots of interesting information and photographs on wallabies from her research. She has unique data and vision collected through the use of remote cameras. A night not to be missed by animal lovers whether they be amateurs or scientists, children or adults. There will be something for everyone.

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August 2018

Western Australian Birds of Prey – live and up close – at the DRB

10 August 2018, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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This is a very special night. There will be five live birds of prey on display and Yvonne Sitko, owner/operator, of the Western Australian Birds of Prey Centre, will help us learn how to identify birds of prey, their diet, where they can be found, and give us an insight on how unique these birds are, what role they play in our environment and how susceptible they are to human activity. It will be a night to stand in awe of, and understand more deeply, this misunderstood group of birds.

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September 2018

Butterflies of the Perth Hills with Eric McCrum – at the DRB Nats

14 September 2018, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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Eric McCrum, expert naturalist, famous as “The Birdman” on ABC radio, and co-founder of the DRB Nats, will be giving us a fascinating talk on Butterflies of the Perth Hills and beyond. Do you know the difference between a butterfly and a moth? Eric will explain with illustrations. Do you know there are at least five different families of butterflies? Eric will go through them to help you learn how to identify the different butterflies and show you some beautiful pictures of them. He is also going to provide a handout to help you identify them at home in your garden. If you like butterflies and wish you had more of them in your local area he will also show you the types of plants they are attracted to so you know what to grow in your garden. And as a bit of a mystery – he may even mention a Butterfly which has a snout like a probosis. Eric, as you know, will make it interesting and tell us fascinating stories about these beautiful creatures … please join us for a great night.

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October 2018

The fascinating world of carnivorous plants – at the DRB

12 October 2018, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia

Carnivorous plants capture and digest prey to gain nutrition from them, but how hungry are they? Western Australia hosts the world's greatest diversity of carnivorous plants, including sundews, bladderworts, rainbow plants, the endemic Albany pitcher plant, and the rare aquatic waterwheel plant. This is your opportunity to learn all about them from Laura Skates, especially the ones we will find in the Perth Hills and the variety of methods they use to trap their prey. Of course, you'll also find out just how hungry they are and where they get their nutrients from! You'll never look at sundews or other carnivorous plants in them in the same way again!

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Birds in your garden, street or reserve – in Kalamunda – with the DRB

20 October 2018, 9:30 am-1:00 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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Rachel and Mike Green, and the DRB Nats, have teamed up with the City of Kalamunda to put on their popular "Birds in your garden, street or reserve" workshop on Saturday 20th October 2018 at 9.30am-1pm to coincide with the Aussie Backyard Bird Count which will be held from 22-28 October 2018. This will help you to correctly identify the birds and learn how to attract them to your garden as well as recognising their calls, and learning lots about them. It's at Jorgensen Park Pavilion in Kalamunda. (NB: This has replaced the wildflower quiz at the Green's.) Everyone is welcome, visitors and members but you must book in as there is a numbers limit.

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November 2018

DRB Legends inaugural talk “My life as a naturalist” by Kevn Griffiths + the DRB AGM

9 November 2018, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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Our inaugural "Celebration of our DRB legends" talk will be given by Kevn Griffiths. He co-founded the DRB in 1974, is the author of "A Field Guide to the Larger Fungi of the Darling Scarp & South West of Western Australia", and our fungi leader. He is still on the committee of the DRB too as the Vice Chair. He will celebrate his 90th birthday in December. He will explain how his life as a naturalist started and the journey he has taken since including his interest in researching the fish, Gambusia affinis; and how he became interested in fungi. Warning: if you've been a long-standing member of the club don't be surprised to see yourself looking much younger in some of his early photos. He still has photos from 1974! He will be bringing his albums for people to look through on the night. It is also the DRB's AGM that night and our Chair will explain the progress the DRB has made in 2018, when we have broken all records for new memberships, total number of memberships, the numbers of people at an excursion and at an evening talk. Even our flora lists have reached impressive new highs. She will also explain the strategies we are putting in place to preserve the expertise of our DRB elders for current and future generations. Please join us and help us acknowledge and celebrate one of our leading DRB elders.

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December 2018

The wonders and ways of nature photography in Western Australia: with Simon Nevill – at the DRB

14 December 2018, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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Simon Nevill is an acclaimed photographer, author and ornithologist who has specialised in producing books on Western Australia covering the world of nature, wildflowers, birds and national parks. He has captured the stunning beauty of this vast state. His books include: "A Panoramic Journey through Western Australia", "Guide to the wildflowers of Western Australia", "Travellers Guide to the Parks and Reserves of Western Australia" and "Birds of Western Australia", amongst others. He will be freshly back from his latest big project out in the deserts. A night not to be missed by nature lovers, professional photographers and would-be photographers, whether children or adults.

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February 2019

Bats in the Perth Hills – live bats at the DRB Nats

8 February, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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Tony Hodge – our guest speaker – is a bat carer who looks after sick and injured bats. He will bring live bats with him. He has a degree in Zoology & Botany and worked at Perth Zoo for 7 years. He mainly manages the 3 common species of bats, Gould’s wattled bats, Southern forest bats and Lesser long-eared bats. His talk will cover 1) Peoples' (weird) ideas about bats. 2) The bats found in the Perth Hills. 3) Bat phylogeny. 4) Bat ecology and how it links to morphology. 5) Bat conservation. 6) What Kanyana does for bat rehabilitation. This is proving to be a very popular night - come early to get a seat. Only $3 donation for members and $5 donation for visitors, which includes refreshments and the chance of winning a door prize.

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March 2019

Fossil Plants of the Darling Range, with Professor Ken McNamara – at the DRB

8 March, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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Professor Ken McNamara, formerly Senior Curator of Palaeontology at the WA Museum for 30 years, and Director of the world’s oldest geological museum, the Sedgwick Museum in the UK, is giving a talk on "Fossil Plants of the Darling Range". Although much of the rocks of the Darling Range are extremely old and formed before plants evolved, there are a number of rather unusual fossil plant sites on the range that tell the story of the evolution of the flora of the south-west and changing climate conditions over the last 40 million years. He will bring specimens of fossil plants for people to see. This will be a very popular night please come early, only $3 donation for adult members and $5 for adult visitors, which includes refreshments and a possible door prize.

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April 2019

Reptiles of the Perth Hills and beyond – with live reptiles, by Amy Griffiths – at DRB Nats

12 April, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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A wonderful evening where we will all get the opportunity to learn about the reptiles that inhabit the Perth Hills and beyond. And get the opportunity to see some of them up close and personal. Our speaker is Amy Wild. She has a Bachelor of Biological Sciences with first class Honours, years working as fauna consultant handling wild reptiles and over four years working as a wildlife tour guide. She grew up attending the DRB! She is going to cover geckos, dragons, skinks and snakes and include live demonstrations. It is a must for any child or adult interested in reptiles. All this for only a donation of $3 per adult member and $5 per adult visitor/ $1 per child visitor. Come join us.

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May 2019

Red-tailed Black Cockatoos, with Erika Roper – at the DRB Nats

10 May, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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The Red-tailed Black Cockatoo is an important bird which is under threat. Erika Roper is due to finish her PhD on Red-tailed black cockatoos in May 2019 and will incorporate a lot of general natural history about the birds as well as explain her research and its findings. Her talk will cover Red-tailed Black Cockatoo ecology, the urban range expansion, diet and foraging behaviours, communication, and how we can help conserve the cockatoos in a changing world. It will be a great night where you can learn more about this magnificent bird.

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June 2019

Edible Australian Bush Tucker Plants – what to eat, how to identify & grow them, with Mark Tucek & Marissa Verma – at the DRB Nats

14 June, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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Australia is home to thousands of native edible plant species, yet most of the food we grow in our backyards today originally came from overseas. Bush food has sustained traditional Australians for centuries, and today represents a rich and vibrant history in this country’s culture. Horticulturalist, Mark Tucek, and local Noongar cultural guide, Marissa Verma, devote themselves to bringing bush tucker gardens to local Perth schools and the community. They will show us a series of native Australian edible plants with an emphasis on Western Australia and include delicious bush tucker fruits, roots, nuts, seeds and leaves from plants which are naturally designed for our climate and soil. They will also focus on the ones that can thrive in our gardens in the Perth hills and region and have set up a nursery to cultivate the plants so we can grow them in our gardens. Marrisa and Mark have agreed to bring along their plants for sale, so you can buy them if you wish without driving to a nursery to get them. BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL even for members, due to limits on numbers, but it is still only a donation of $5 for adult visitors and $3 for members. What a wonderful evening it will be.

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July 2019

The Night Sky, by Arthur Harvey – at the DRB Nats

12 July, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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When we go on camp, we often look upward and see the beauty of the night sky, but we don't always know what we are seeing nor understand the significance of what is there. Tonight will be our chance to find out and learn about "The Night Sky". The presentation will cover: Historical observations, How objects are located (Right Ascension & Declination), Observation of artificial satellites, The bright stars & planets, The zodiacal constellations, The southern constellations and Deep space objects. It will give you an essential guide to naked-eye viewing and through the use of the appropriate software show you the night sky in real time. Our speaker, Arthur Harvey, has been a volunteer at Perth Observatory for over a decade and regularly speaks with the public during night sky tours, school day tours and indeed, all of the Observatory's outreach activities. He has been interested in and enthusiastic about astronomy since 1957 when, as a 7 year old, he saw the Russian sputnik traverse the night sky. Join us for a sparkling night. Only $5 donation from visitors and $1 per visiting child, and $3 donation per member, and you get the chance to win a free door prize too and get refreshments - and even, for only a little extra, win great prizes in our raffle.

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August 2019

Fish of the Perth Hills with Suzanne Thompson – at the DRB

9 August, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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The Perth Hills have a unique suite of fish species that inhabit the streams and rivers that feed into the Swan-Canning Estuary. Many of the species are small and cryptic in nature, resulting in them being virtually unknown to Perth residents. From the elusive freshwater cobbler to the common pygmy perch, they all fulfil important ecological roles in our river systems, yet are typically undervalued. In this presentation, you will be introduced to some of the cryptic and vulnerable species of native fish and other aquatic fauna in the waterways of the Perth Hills and be given an overview of some of the key threats to their survival and what actions are being taken to protect our native aquatic critters. Our guest speaker: Suzanne Thompson, is an aquatic scientist in the Rivers and Estuaries Branch, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, and a lively, dynamic speaker. She is also the co-ordinator of Wedgetail Reserve which we are visiting on our August excursion. Come join us for a fascinating evening.

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September 2019

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

13 September, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion…, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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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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