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October 2019

Which flower is that? The practices, principles and implications of taxonomy, with Kevin Thiele – at the DRB

11 October 2019, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Woodlupine Community Centre Hall, 88 Hale Road
Forrestfield, Western Australia 6058 Australia
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One of the joys of living in the Perth Hills and the SW of WA generally, is the amazing diversity and beauty of our local flowers and plants. We are blessed to live amongst a bio-diversity hotspot with abundant flower and plant species. The issue is, though, do you know which flower or plant is which? Can you tell the difference between a hakea, a banksia and a grevillea? Even more difficult, can you tell one grevillea from another, or one hibbertia from another? It isn't easy but it can be very satisfying to be able to identify what is growing in our bush, local reserves and gardens. This is your wonderful opportunity to learn how to identify them, to understand their taxonomy, and to learn from THE expert in the area, Dr Kevin Thiele, former Director of the Western Australian Herbarium and co-author of "Families of Flowering Plants of Australia: An Interactive Identification Guide". This talk will be about taxonomy – the science of discovering and naming species – how it works, what it seeks to do, and where it’s going. Come join us, and please note our new venue - we have moved to Woodlupine - this is our first night there. Come celebrate our new home with us ...

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November 2019

DRB Legends Talk “My life as a naturalist” by Dr Tony Start, & Poppy’s fossil talk & DRB AGM.

8 November 2019, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Woodlupine Community Centre Hall, 88 Hale Road
Forrestfield, Western Australia 6058 Australia
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You are invited to the second DRB Legends Talk "My life as a naturalist" by Dr Tony Start. Tony is a long standing member of the DRB Nats along with brother Joff, and his parents Helen and John Start were also well known naturalists and members. He is a highly respected scientist and is responsible for the flora and fauna survey, research and conservation aspects on The Western Australian Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC) and Threatened Ecological Communities Scientific Committee (TECSC) by appointment by the Minister for Environment. We will also have a Kid's talk, a Boffins talk and the DRB AGM - come and thank the outgoing committee and welcome our new one - and have no fears you can't be co-opted on the night - all nominations have to be received at least 14 days before the AGM.

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December 2019

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

13 December 2019, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Woodlupine Community Centre Hall, 88 Hale Road
Forrestfield, Western Australia 6058 Australia
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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.

Rachel.

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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 experienced 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

MEETING POSTPONED TILL LATER IN THE YEAR – 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

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

MEETING POSTPONED: 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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