September 9, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall, 465 Carrington St, Hamilton Hill, Western Australia
SeeREEF is a two and a half hour presentation designed to amaze and excite! If you are a diver or snorkeler or just curious to know more about the fantastic reef creatures of Ningaloo, the Great Barrier Reef and the Indo-Pacific, then this presentation is for you.
Our marine biology is much more fascinating and complex than you think. Be wowed by intriguing sea creatures; the common, the rare and those you might see only once in a lifetime – and learn what you can do to help stop coral bleaching and save our beautiful reefs.
We promise you will appreciate the beauty of our underwater environment so much more through your new SeeREEF eyes.
September 9, 2017 – September 24, 2017
Ravensthorpe WA 6346, Australia
Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show & Festival: 9th – 24th September
The opening of the festival will be celebrated with an afternoon Street Parade followed by a family-friendly concert /dance and culminates on the 24th with a long table lunch at the Jerdacuttup Hall right amongst the wildflowers. Celebrity guest Angus Stewart (ABC Gardening presenter) along with our Wildflower Show patron the very effervescent and celebrated gardening presenter Sabrina Hahn.
There will be many activities during the Spring Festival to help visitors discover the hidden treasures and hospitality of our region. The festival promises to be vibrant, abounding in floral beauty with exciting events, market days, art exhibitions. There are adventures to be had along the flora roads with maps available and activities for the whole family. On again this year is the very popular 4X4 Tag along Tours led by local enthusiast and experts in their field. Bookings are essential for these tours.
The Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show is the main event on the festival calendar; now in its 35th year it is an internationally recognised world-class botanical floral display. It attracts amateurs, enthusiasts and professionals, artists, photographers and nature loving tourists from around the world. All agree that our region’s flower show is one of the best. There is so much to see in the area so don’t plan on driving through as you will need a couple of days to soak it all up and even then you will only be scratching the surface.
Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show: 10th Sept -23rd Sept The Wildflower Show will be in its NEW location in the beautifully renovated Ravensthorpe Town Hall (35 Dunn Street), with the added indulgence of a brand new herbarium. This new state of the art purpose built herbarium is an annexe to the hall and will be officially opened during the show. The new home means there will be plenty of room to display the collections and house specimens collected over the years.
• Festival opens on the 9th with an afternoon street parade followed by a family friendly concert/dance
• Wildflower Show commences 10- 23rd Sept Over 600 specimens on display
• Country Devonshire Teas & Home made soup available daily 10th-23rd
• 4×4 tag-a-long tours with local expert guides – Bookings essential
• Guided bush walk and self drive maps
• Floral sculptures, art & photography exhibitions, patchwork displays and local craft available.
• Public Art – CBH – Silo Art by Amok Island
• Long Table Lunch and Festival close
• Celebrity guests Sabrina Hahn and Angus Stewart (ABC Gardening presenter)
September 2, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Perth Town Hall, Hay St & Barrack St, Perth WA 6000, Australia
Sea Shepherd’s annual national fundraising tour kicks off right here in Perth with our Stand Fast 2017 – Ocean Defence Tour. The Perth Town Hall will host Sea Shepherd Perth for a day of ocean inspired fun and community. The day is focused on ocean conservation and raising the vital funds needed to help get our ships out on the high seas to defend, conserve, and protect our oceans.
Guest speakers include Captain Peter Hammarstedt of the M/Y Bob Barker and Sea Shepherd Australia’s Managing Director, Jeff Hansen.
Entertainment by East Coast ska/surf rock legends Caravana Sun will light up the stage right off the back of their Australian and European tour. Triple J’s unearthed local favourite, Jordy will also take the stage with his collection of ocean inspired tunes.
CALLING ALL KIDS! We will have plenty to keep you busy. Activities, interactive displays, and entertainment. Don’t forget to register on the day for our Best Dressed Pirate parade, Captain Peter Hammarstedt will pick the best dressed pirate and you will win some great Pirate Loot.
Everything you need to know about Sea Shepherd will be right there for you to discover. Campaign corner, Sea Shepherd Marine Debris Campaign Australia, Direct Action Crew, great range of merchandise, fantastic silent auction, raffles, meet and greet opportunity and so much more.
Every great party has great food, and we will be joined by some local small businesses who will bring along their fantastic goodies.
This is Sea Shepherds major fundraising event, everything we do on the frontline is because of the support of people like you, so come along and enjoy a day out whilst helping to saving our oceans.
August 29, 2017 – August 31, 2017
Curtin University, Kent St, Bentley WA 6102, Australia
Welcome to the first Western Australian combined natural resource management and coastal conference, which will connect people with shared interests and passion in WA’s changing natural world.
Working in tandem for WA’s environmental future, NRM and coastal experts, managers, practitioners, community members and volunteers will meet and share knowledge and experiences.
Operating in a world of changing environment, economy and society, you will hear from speakers who have been successful in undertaking long term programs that improve coastal, land and water management, actively involve communities, and conserve natural resources.
Registration $150 – $750
August 26, 2017 – August 27, 2017
South Yunderup WA 6208, Australia
Since 1970, the Naturalists Club has a cottage, or field studies centre, on Cooleenup Island in the Peel Harvey Estuary, at Yunderup, south of Perth. Club members have been carrying out flora and fauna surveys on this island since 1967. There is a salt lake at the north-west of Cooleenup Island and an ephemeral freshwater swamp north of the water tower on lot 31.
The last written plant list for Cooleenup (or Culeenup) Island dates from surveys between 1991 and 2000. A total of 263 plant species were recorded at that time of which 89 introduced.
This proposed excursion aims to carry out a plant and fauna survey on the island (more or less opportunistic dependent upon excursion numbers).
We will meet at South Yunderup Jetty 10am on Saturday. Club members are welcome to come for one or both days. Members staying overnight need to bring bedding/sleeping bag and pillowcase, food and drinks, insect repellent, etc. Please let the office know or preferably use RSVP by 24 August if you intend to stay overnight or come along for one day (Saturday or Sunday). Up to 12 people can sleep at the field studies centre (3 rooms with 2 bunk beds). There is a 4 ring hotplate to cook meals.
Costs: $5 for day visit, $15 for overnight stay.
August 24, 2017 – August 27, 2017
Mullewa Town Hall, Maitland Rd, Mullewa, Western Australia
The annual Mullewa Wildflower Show transforms the local hall into a bush setting filled with the region’s flowering specimens including great displays of Leschenaultia Macrantha, commonly known as the wreath flower.
The show is held over four days in the Mullewa Town Hall, bringing the bush to the people in this unique display, naming over 200 species of wildflowers.
Morning and afternoon teas are provided by the local community groups.
Open 9am to 4.30pm daily.
Adults – $6, Concession – $4, Children $1
August 23, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Shire of Mundaring, 7000 Great Eastern Hwy, Mundaring WA 6073, Australia
Professional Development in Environmental Management Series.
This seminar will focus on critical stages of post bush fire planning and management to build knowledge and skills of those involved in post fire recovery, restoration and conservation.
Fire management is a complex and ongoing part of managing our natural resources. Even with considerable planning to reduce the occurrence of bush fires and minimise their impact, they still regularly occur in the Swan Region. This requires practitioners and community leaders to form teams quickly to engage with the public to support social structures, and successfully manage the recovery of natural and built environments.
A panel will discuss their experiences of managing various aspects of environmental recovery post fire including weed management, native animal recovery and movement of machinery and people, on site. The critical aspect of working with the local community and directing their engagement will also be covered.
Local government staff, fire management teams and key community leaders who have influence on direction and action of environmental management following a bush fire in natural areas of the Swan Region’s urban and peri-urban areas are encouraged to attend.
COST $25 per person (light lunch provided)
REGISTER HERE https://www.trybooking.com/296770
August 19, 2017 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Midland Public Library, 45 Helena St, Midland WA 6056, Australia
Learn about owls (and other raptors) in our environment. Find out what owls eat by dissecting an owl pellet and examining what we find inside. Enjoy a talk from our licensed environmental educators with our very special education birds and learn how our everyday activities can impact on our willdife.
Meet an owl, learn about their anatomy and physiology, then dissect a pellet. (The talk will include safety and hygiene for this exercise.)
Bookings essential to reserve your place.
August 19, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
215 Wright St, Cloverdale WA 6105, Australia
The Naturalists Club have teamed up with the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council’s (EMRC) Healthy Wildlife Project to put on a series of “Bird-watching in your gardens” workshops, called “Healthy Birds, Healthy Gardens”. This means they are available to our members who find the physical excursions more difficult and we can reach out across our catchment area to new groups of people. This is exciting! So come join us for this next one at the City of Belmont.
Rachel and Mike will talk about how to identify the birds in your garden, how to attract birds to your garden, what birds eat, how to use birdbaths, bird perches and bird boxes, and more. Mike will even teach you the secret art of “bird shushing” to bring birds closer to you and show you his (nearly famous) pallid cuckoo call that even the pallid cuckoos think is a cuckoo! They’ll also show you many excellent photographs of the birds, play videos of them so you can practise identifying them, and they’ll teach you how to use Michael Morcombe’s “Birds of Australia” App to help identify birds and their calls wherever you go in Australia.
And, there will be a special segment on how to keep the birds in your garden healthy – what to feed them on and what not to. There will even be morning tea provided and you can bring photographs of birds in your garden if you want them identified.
Please join us – it’s FREE – you’ll even get morning tea provided. See you there!
Bookings: Please book in by 4th AUGUST.
Register here: https://www.healthywildlife.com.au/register-healthy-birds-belmont/#/
August 16, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Henderson Environmental Centre, End of, Groat St, North Beach WA 6020, Australia
Naturalists Club Northern Suburbs Branch general meeting
Speaker: Jolanda Keeble (WA Nats)
Jolanda will use her experience in writing her field guide The Flora of Hi Vallee Farm and its recent revision to illustrate the problems and joys of researching, writing and self-publishing a natural history volume.
August 13, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Armadale Settlers Common, Triton Crs, Bedfordale, Western Australia, Australia
This Wildflower Society workshop will cover photography fundamentals including how to shoot with manual settings rather than relying on the camera’s Automatic mode. Discover the various Shutter Speed and Aperture shooting modes to control Depth of Field to consistently create great images in manual mode.
Take part in critique review of images taken throughout the workshop. Participants to provide their own DSLR or DSLM (mirrorless bridge) camera with a mode dial wheel.
Cost per person: $20.00 members, $25.00 non-members
Morning tea will be provided; bring your own lunch.
Bookings are essential (maximum 15 places).
For full details and to book visit the website.
August 12, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Railway Heritage Trail, Stoneville, Western Australia
Perth Advocates for the Earth Inc (PAFTE Inc) will be planting trees again this year with cooperation from the Jane Brook Catchment Group (http://janebrookcg.com.au/).
Trees will again be sourced from Mundaring Garden Centre.
Date: Sat 12th August 2017
Time: 10.00am – 5pm
Volunteers: We will be relying on PAFTE Inc volunteers on the day.
Anyone who would like to volunteer please send an email to: email@example.com as we need to reply with important information.
August 12, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre, 184 Hope Road, Bibra Lake, Western Australia, Australia
We invite you to join us for a workshop all about our beautiful critically endangered Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos. Experts from BirdLife Australia will educate you on a number of topics including important plant species for Carnaby’s to forage, feed and nest on, planning your own cockatoo friendly garden and other actions you can take to help this amazing bird species into the future.
Also learn about the City’s environmental programs and how you can take advantage of our subsidy schemes for your garden, like the Habitat for Homes Program.
Light refreshments provided.
Bookings essential – please register online or contact customer service on 9411 3444.
August 11, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion, Crescent Rd, Kalamunda WA 6076, Australia
Naturalists Club Darling Range Branch general meeting.
Topic: Weeds of the Perth Hills
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.
Speaker: Penny Hussey AM
A former botanist/ecologist who worked for CALM / DPaW advising on bush management and revegetation. She was the Senior Project Officer of the Land for Wildlife scheme, which encouraged private landholders to provide habitats for wildlife on their property. She is co-author of “Western Weeds: A guide to the weeds of Western Australia”. She has also initiated projects such as “Ribbons of Green” and authored numerous publications on varying Landcare issues including weed identification and management, soils, management of bushland, granite outcrops, fauna and pest species.
She is Chairperson for the Helena River Catchment Group, a member of the Wildflower Society (WA) and a member of the Darling Range Branch of the WA Naturalists’ Club (us!). She has just been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to conservation and land management.
Level: This will be suitable for members and visitors with both an advanced and limited knowledge of plants of the Perth Hills. Our main aim is to inspire people to want to know more about our flora and the introduced weed species and to gain a love and understanding of the natural history in the Perth Hills. It will also be suitable for children. All members and visitors are welcome.
Donation towards the running of the club: $3.00 per person for members, $5.00 per person for visitors. Includes tea and coffee (and maybe even home-made cake). Bookings not required.
Time: Please come early at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start as it will be a popular night and we start promptly. We are open from 7pm.
August 9, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Town of Cambridge Administration Centre, 1 Bold Park Dve, Floreat, Western Australia
Perth NRM in partnership with the Town of Cambridge presents a FREE Seminar on Seed Collection.
Expert speakers from Tranen and Conservation Volunteers Australia will discuss the intricacies of seed collection, including licensing, on-ground collection techniques, processing, storage, preparation, and much more! This Seminar is part of the Volunteer Capacity Building in NRM series.
Did you know plants can communicate through sound and smell using both their leaves and their roots?
In this fascinating presentation, Dr Monica Gagliano unearths the secret language of plants. Plants are no longer seen as passive organisms with research showing they can sense gravity, light, temperature, soil quality and moisture content. Plants also repel enemies and trick animals into helping them reproduce. The presentation will also pose bigger questions such as are plants capable of learning and do plants have consciousness?
Dr Monica Gagliano is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Centre for Evolutionary Biology at the University of Western Australia.
August 8, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
South Perth Library, cnr South Tce and Sandgate St, South Perth, Western Australia, Australia
August 16, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Knowledge Centre, 2232D Albany Hwy, Gosnells, Western Australia
To book your place, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Knowledge Centre on 9391 6000.
August 7, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Armadale Library, Armadale Central Shopping Centre, Shop, 64/10 Orchard Ave, Armadale WA 6112, Australia
Simon Cherriman, Perth based environmental biologist and film maker, is passionate about the environment, bird related research, and environmental education.
During this session Simon will talk about eagles found in the Perth Hills and present a short slideshow of stunning photography. A question and answer session will follow.
Refreshments will be provided.
Places are limited and bookings are essential.
Want to learn more about birds?
Immerse yourself in an intensive one-week course in the glorious WA outback. In a friendly atmosphere, join us to learn practical techniques to identify bush birds and find out how to contribute valuable scientific data. Best of all, the courses are free. You will be able to wake up to the dawn chorus of aridzone birds, staying on properties in and around the Gunduwa area, where the Midwest, Wheatbelt and Goldfields meet. This is a great opportunity to visit some add to your practical skillset and contribute to vital research at the same time.
Courses facilitated by Tegan Douglas, BirdLife WA
7th – 11th August: Charles Darwin Reserve
4th – 8th September: Ninghan Station
23rd – 27th October: Thundelarra Station
Places are limited, so to register or for more information email email@example.com or call (08) 9383 7749.
August 6, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Point Walter Reserve, Honour Ave, Bicton WA 6157, Australia
A morning’s discovery about the importance of the Swan River Estuary in providing feeding, nesting and resting habitat for a number of bird species, including migratory shorebirds, Pied Oyster-catchers, Swans, Red-capped Plovers the threatened Fairy Tern.
The event will engage community members in a hands-on exploration of the ecological importance of Point Walter, focussing on the species, their needs and the threats to the beach-nesting birds using this part of the Swan River Estuary as habitat.
Participants will be engaged in surveying the ecology of the Point Walter foreshore (including the Spit), the birdlife to be encountered there, the benthos on which many species rely, and the various challenges they face in an increasingly urbanised location.
They will be addressed by various expert speakers on the significance of the site and the on-going research to be conducted and about the strategies to be implemented to protect its ecological values.
Participants will learn to: identify diverse species of birds; use binoculars; identify foreshore vegetation and its ecological functions; use ‘microscopes’ to examine core samples of river soil for the benthos which provides nourishment to birdlife; engage positively with the natural environment, contributing to future research and/or modifying their behaviours to ensure the future well-being of (particularly) beach-nesting birds in the Swan River Estuary.
Bookings: 08 9339 2439 or firstname.lastname@example.org
August 5, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Piney Lakes Reserve, 555 Leach Hwy, Winthrop WA 6150, Australia
Join us for a free Science Week family fun morning at Piney Lakes Reserve and get to know nature!
Learn all about the beautiful biota, examine plant and animal artefacts, talk to environmental educators and representatives from Birdlife WA and draw with Environmental Artist and Educator, Angela Rossen.
No need to register, just arrive and explore!
August 5, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Western Australian Herbarium, 17 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington WA 6152, Australia
Murdoch Branch of the Wildflower Society will be running a workshop on more advanced methods of plant identification.
-Morning: detailed instruction on key characteristics to examine and dissect to identify 6-8 specific plant genera such as Hibbertia, Melaleuca, Acacia, Gastrolobium, Thryptomene, Baeckea, Scholtzia, Aluta, Micromyrtus, Thysanotus, Asteracea, Poacea
-Afternoon: walk in local bushland to practice identification skills
-5 instructors present to assist
-Microscopes, scalpels and forceps supplied
$80 Wildflower Society Members
-Morning/afternoon tea included
-Attendees to bring own lunch
Registration required by 28 July 2017
August 4, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Nedlands Lecture Theatre, Clifton St, Crawley, Western Australia, Australia
Naturalists Club general meeting.
Topic: Using the Atlas of Living Australia database
Speaker: Mick Davis, Environmental Friends Group Officer, Shire of Kalamunda
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. The Atlas of Living Australia is a free, open source, online source of information for lay-people and scientists throughout Australia and the world, who want access to biological records for research or pleasure.
$3 entry which includes tea & coffee afterwards and a chance to win the door prize.
August 3, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre, 184 Hope Rd, Bibra Lake WA 6163, Australia
Thousands of species of native bees all around the world are our most important pollinators of flowers, though rarely seen. Faye Arcaro will delve into the secret lives of these tiny, solitary workers and show how to create a bee hotel so you can welcome them in to your own space.
Faye Arcaro aka Botanic Obsession is host of “Let’s Talk Gardening” on Curtin Radio, 8-10am Saturdays, which combines her love of gardening and talking about gardening. Faye won ABC Gardener of the Year in 2007 and just loves being in her garden and bush on acreage in Jandakot. Later this year, Faye starts training as a botanic guide for Botanica Travel and another first will be to take her talks to the high seas as a speaker on a cruise to New Zealand.
Join us for what is sure to be an interesting and charisimatic night, all welcome! Supper included.
Wildflower Society Murdoch Branch general meeting.
July 29, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
John Forrest National Park, Park Rd, Hovea WA 6056, Australia
Pop on your gumboots and join us to forage for some forest frogs! John Forrest National Park comes alive at night with the chorus of frog calls. Our expert guide will teach you how to tune into and identify these calls, then go on the hunt to see how many species you can find.
Hosted by Nearer to Nature
During 2017 Perth NRM are running a series of outdoor walks that take place throughout Perth and in bush and beach locations that would have been used traditionally by Noongar people.
On these free community walks, learn about the six Noongar seasons in the Perth Region. The six seasons played an integral role in the yearly cycle of travel and resource collection for Noongar people, each of these walks takes you to where Noongar people would have been during that season and teaches you what resources were used and available at that time including foods, medicines, and materials.
Bunuru – The fruiting season
Date: 29 March
Location: South Beach, North Coogee
Djeran – The first rains
Date: 3 May
Location: Hestor Park, Langford
Makaru – The cold and wet
Date: 5 July
Location: Forrestdale Lake, Forrestdale
Djilba – The weather starts to warm
Date: 6 September
Location: Forrestdale Lake, Forrestdale
Kamabarang – The flowering
Date: 1 November
Location: Thompson Lake, Cockburn
Birak – The hot and dry
Date: 13 December
Location: Bibra lake, Bibra Lake
Bird Walk, Little Rush Lake
July 6, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Little Rush Lake, Yangebup WA 6164, Australia
Meet at 8:00 am near the playground on the western side of this small wooded lake. Little Rush Lake is part of the Beeliar Regional Park. Turn off North Lake Road into Osprey Drive, right into Dotterel Way, then right into Grassbird Loop. There is a path around the lake, and we should see plenty of waterbirds and bushbirds. Over 90 bird species have been seen here. Bring morning tea.
For members and the general public.
Leaders: John and Ruth Luyer
Bird Walk, Lightning Swamp
July 15, 2017 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Lightning Swamp Bushland, Noranda WA 6062, Australia
Meet at 8:30 am at the gate in the SE corner of the bushland on Della Road. Lightning Swamp, part of Noranda Open Space, is an area of seasonal wetlands and banksia woodland. The area supports some waterbirds, and cormorants have bred here. The bushland supports a range of species, including some that are uncommon in smaller reserves, such as the Western Thornbill, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater and Red-capped Robin. Some areas will be restricted due to the presence of dieback.
For members and the general public.
Leader: Clive Nealon