Western Australian Naturalists Club

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Woodlupine Community Centre Hall

February 2020

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

14 February, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Woodlupine Community Centre Hall, 88 Hale Road
Forrestfield, Western Australia 6058 Australia
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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). If you like nature photography, insects, spiders or just want a great night out - come and join us in Woodlupine Hall in Forestfield.

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March 2020

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

13 March, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Woodlupine Community Centre Hall, 88 Hale Road
Forrestfield, Western Australia 6058 Australia
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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.

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April 2020

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

3 April, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Woodlupine Community Centre Hall, 88 Hale Road
Forrestfield, Western Australia 6058 Australia
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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. Please note: The second Friday of the month is Good Friday, so this meeting will be held on Friday 3rd April.

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May 2020

Spiders and other creepy-crawlies of the Perth Hills, with Dr Mark Harvey, @ the DRB

8 May, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Woodlupine Community Centre Hall, 88 Hale Road
Forrestfield, Western Australia 6058 Australia
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Dr Mark Harvey, is the Head, of Terrestrial Zoology and Senior Curator, Arachnids & Myriapods at the WA Museum. Although insects are the dominant organisms that inhabit the earth’s terrestrial ecosystems, arachnids such as spiders, mites and scorpions are also abundant and extremely diverse. Spiders are common inhabitants of all land environments, and can be routinely found in and around houses in the Perth Hills but can you identify them? Do you know how they reproduce, what they eat, and who eats them and which are or are not dangerous? This presentation covers some of the more common species that occur in the Perth Hills, including insights into their diversity and conservation. The cast includes trapdoor spiders, red-back spiders, daddy-long-leg spiders, orb-weaving spiders, peacock spiders and scorpions, among many others. Dr Mark Harvey will provide a brief synopsis of the spiders and talk about some of his favourite spiders. Join us for a great night at the DRB.

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June 2020

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

12 June, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Woodlupine Community Centre Hall, 88 Hale Road
Forrestfield, Western Australia 6058 Australia
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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.

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July 2020

DRB meeting – topic to be decided

10 July, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Woodlupine Community Centre Hall, 88 Hale Road
Forrestfield, Western Australia 6058 Australia
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DRB meeting - topic to be decided - Friday 10th July 2020.

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August 2020

DRB Nats meeting – topic to be announced

14 August, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Woodlupine Community Centre Hall, 88 Hale Road
Forrestfield, Western Australia 6058 Australia
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DRB Nats meeting - topic to be announced.

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September 2020

DRB Nats meeting – topic to be announced

11 September, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Woodlupine Community Centre Hall, 88 Hale Road
Forrestfield, Western Australia 6058 Australia
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DRB Nats meeting - topic to be announced

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October 2020

DRB meeting – topic to be decided

9 October, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Woodlupine Community Centre Hall, 88 Hale Road
Forrestfield, Western Australia 6058 Australia
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DRB meeting - topic to be decided.

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November 2020

DRB Elders talk no 3: with June Butcher (tbc) + DRB AGM

13 November, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Woodlupine Community Centre Hall, 88 Hale Road
Forrestfield, Western Australia 6058 Australia
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DRB Elders talk no 3: with June Butcher (tbc) + DRB AGM. June has been a member of the DRB Nats for over forty years and she is the founder (along with husband Lloyd) of Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Lesmurdie.

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