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Bird Watching Walk

Bird Watching Walk

October 29, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Curtin University Boat Club, Fairview Gardens, Salter Point, Western Australia, Australia

During BirdLife Australia’s National Bird Week, 23-29 October, join staff from the City of South Perth’s environment team for a free guided walk along the unique Waterford foreshore through parklands and remnant wetlands observing and recording birds as you go.

Information gathered during the survey will be recorded and sent to BirdLife Australia and will be used in their ongoing monitoring programs.

Participants can expect to observe up to 40 species in the area including Osprey, Black Swans, Grebes, Great Egret, Australian Darters and maybe even a Stirated Pardalote.

The walk is approximately 3km on sealed pathways and suitable for people with a general level of fitness. Families and children (supervised) are encouraged to attend.

If you have your own binoculars please bring them along.

A light morning tea will be provided.

Breakfast with the Birds

Breakfast with the Birds

October 28, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre, Leach Hwy & Murdoch Dr, Winthrop WA 6155, Australia

Join us at Piney Lakes for a delicious breakfast served on the deck overlooking the picturesque Piney Lakes reserve.

Stroll through the bushland, meet one of the Kaarakin Black Cocky’s and hear from Birdlife experts, who will speak about our beautiful birdlife and how you can contribute to their conservation by taking part in the annual citizen science project, the ‘Aussie Backyard Bird Count’.

Limited places are available, submit an online booking form now.
Cost $5



October 28, 2017 – October 29, 2017

Whether it’s your first time spotting or you’re a fully-fledged twitcher, the Birdlife Australia Twitchathon caters for all birders around the country. No matter where you live you can take part and raise funds for BirdLife Australia’s important conservation work.

This year there are three different event options to choose from: The Big Weekend of 30 hours (24 hours with a 6 hours rest break), the 12-hour Champagne and the Birdathon with three 1-hour blocks of your choice during one day.
Choose an event, form a team, and start planning a route and fundraising strategy!

This year, a system for calculating the national winning team has been created using statistical analysis of BirdLife Atlas data found in our new Birdata web portal.

Twitchathon raises funds that go towards a different bird conservation initiative in each state. In previous years more than $20,000 has been raised for a single project thanks to the Twitchathon, so even if you are busy on the race weekend, you can still play an important role. Sponsor a team, or donate directly to a species or your state’s cause, even after the event, till the end of November.

For more information and to register a team, visit the BirdLife Australia Twitchathon page.

Aussie Backyard Bird Count

Aussie Backyard Bird Count

October 23, 2017 – October 29, 2017

Birds are singing and nesting – ready for BirdLife Australia’s fourth annual Aussie Backyard Bird Count held from 23-29 October. The #AussieBirdCount is a great way to connect with the birds in your backyard, no matter where it is and it only takes 20 minutes. As a little extra incentive, there are some incredible prizes to be won!

It’s easy to get involved:
• Register your interest as a Counter now through the website
• Download the free Aussie Bird Count app from Google Play or the iTunes app store
• If you already have the Aussie Bird Count app from last year, there’s no need to delete it – an update is available on 1 October
• You can also submit your counts through the website if you prefer not to use a smartphone or tablet to take part
• If you’re a teacher, check out our Bird Count curriculum-based lesson plans to get your students (or the whole school!) involved.

Any questions, head to our FAQ page, where you’ll find more information about registering, participating, and troubleshooting.

BirdLife Birdata Workshop

BirdLife Birdata Workshop

October 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Jorgensen Park, Kalamunda WA 6076, Australia

re you interested in birds? Do you want to keep track of what you see around your local patch?

Join our free BirdLife workshop to learn all about the Birdata app that keeps track of our feathered friends.

Birdata is a citizen science, data collection platform that helps people record the wildlife they see, while at the same time contributing scientific data that lets BirdLife protect our native birds. Best of all, take it straight to the field with a bird walk to see firsthand how easy it is to use!

Phone: 9257 9809

North Fremantle: Beach Clean: Sea Shepherd Marine Debris Campaign

North Fremantle: Beach Clean: Sea Shepherd Marine Debris Campaign

October 15, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Leighton Beach Boulevard, Leighton Beach Blvd, North Fremantle WA 6159, Australia

Clean Up WA Weekend!

Let’s go into summer with clean, healthy beaches.

Sea Shepherd Marine Debris will be holding their October clean up at Leighton Beach. Our beach clean ups are family friendly so why not bring your family and friends and grab a bag and join us in the fight to save our oceans.

Plastic pollution is one of the biggest threats facing our oceans. Together we can not only #StemtheTide of rubbish entering our waterways but also save countless lives. If we work together we can fix this – this is your chance to help!

Meeting Point – North Fremantle SLSC – Look out for our gazebo!

Schedule for the day;
8.30am – Registration opens
9.00am -10.30am Beach Clean Up
10.30am – 12.00ish – Sorting and Counting of rubbish. We would love as much help as possible with this part of the event.

What to bring;
~Wear a hat
~Wear closed in shoes
~Bring water in a reusable container
~Be SunSmart

If you have tongs, reusable gloves and/or a bucket please bring them along as we have a limited supply.

Koondoola Regional Bushland Guided Walk

Koondoola Regional Bushland Guided Walk

October 14, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Koondoola Regional Bushland, Koondoola WA 6064, Australia

Wildflower Society event.
Guided walk through Koondoola Regional Bushland with David Pike, looking at Spring wildflowers, birds and insects. Meet in Koondoola Ave opposite Burbridge Ave. All welcome.

Wildlife of the Perth Hills – up close at the DRB

Wildlife of the Perth Hills – up close at the DRB

October 13, 2017 @ 7:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion, Crescent Rd, Kalamunda WA 6076, Australia

Tonight is a special night of interest to adults and children alike. 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.

Also, you will be able to learn the difference between a rat and a quenda. Why is this important? Because people keep getting the two confused and this can lead to drastic consequences. The City of Kalamunda says it is a big problem for them as they get called out frequently for rats when they are quendas. At Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre they have people bringing rats to their hospital under the assumption they are quendas; and at the same time they receive quendas which have been poisoned because people think they are rats. Our speakers will bring a taxidermy rat and a taxidermy quenda so you can see the differences for real.

-Audrey Boon, a member of the DRB Nats and a wildlife carer at Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. She has been volunteering with Kanyana both in the hospital and with Education since early 2010 and coordinates the Outreach or External visits from Kanyana to schools and a variety of other venues.
-Chris Todd, a wildlife carer at Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre has been volunteering for 8/9 years since retiring from teaching and coordinates incoming visits from schools and other organisations into Kanyana.

PLUS: Additional speaker: Andrew Wallace, one of our youngest members (age 10) will be giving a short talk (5-8 minutes) on Arachnids, including his favourites: spiders and scorpions.

We invite a donation of $3.00 per person for adult members and $0.00 for child members, and $5.00 per adult visitor and $1.00 per visiting child. Includes tea and coffee and home-made cake and biscuits!

Bookings not required. Come early to get a seat at the front though as this will be a popular night. Doors open at 7pm.

Black-Cockatoos: Ron Johnstone (WA Museum) talks about his latest research

Black-Cockatoos: Ron Johnstone (WA Museum) talks about his latest research

October 13, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Western Australian Ecology Centre, 165 Perry Lakes Drive, City Beach, Western Australia, Australia

Ron Johnstone has been working on Black-Cockatoos for over 30 years and is an expert in the field. His work includes the Cockatoo Care Program, research on all three of southwest WA’s Black-Cockatoos, the impacts of feral honey bees and the design of artificial hollows. Ron will give a talk on his latest research and the ways in which you can help Black-Cockatoos (plants, habitat restoration, etc).

This talk is presented with funding from State NRM as part of the BirdLife managed project ‘Consolidation of Biodiversity Habitat’. The project’s aim is to increase food resources for Black-Cockatoos by revegetating degraded areas of Bold Park in Floreat.

Rehabilitation Seminar

Rehabilitation Seminar

October 13, 2017 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre, 184 Hope Road, Bibra Lake, Western Australia, Australia

Join us for this comprehensive seminar on natural area rehabilitation held at the Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre.
Expert speakers from the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia, Revegetation Industry Association of WA, City of Cockburn and Perth NRM will cover international restoration standards, the RIAWA seed accreditation system, rehabilitation techniques for bushland, wetland, and coastal areas, and the Swan NRM Strategy.

Cost: $40

The Value of Seagrasses in the Restoration and Recovery of Oceans

The Value of Seagrasses in the Restoration and Recovery of Oceans

October 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Oceans Institute Auditorium, UWA, Crawley, Western Australia

A free public lecture by Professor Gary Kendrick and Dr John Statton, UWA Oceans Institute

Seagrass meadows are among the most highly valued ecosystems on earth, worth $34 000 ha-1 yr-1 as they protect our coastlines, clean our polluted waters, capture atmospheric carbon are habitat for fish and feed many coastal communities of the world. We are losing seagrass meadows at rates comparable to those for coral reefs globally. An estimated one quarter of the world’s seagrass meadows is already lost. How do we turn about this loss? The main tools of an applied scientist are removing the drivers of loss and to enhance recovery through rehabilitation and restoration.

At the UWA Oceans Institute, and in collaboration with industry partners, we are developing large scale restoration techniques that can be used to both restore seagrasses and to enhance existing seagrass meadows for sustainability. To achieve large-scale restoration of degraded seagrass meadows, we take a lessons learnt approach from terrestrial restoration practices and apply this within a marine setting. Our research focuses on four key areas: seed harvesting and seed sowing, seed dormancy and germination, seedling growth and survival, and genetics to assess adaptability to environmental change. In this lecture we will present our gardening secrets for growing seagrasses for restoration.

Iluka Beach Community Coastal Biodiversity

Iluka Beach Community Coastal Biodiversity

October 8, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Iluka Foreshore Park, Burns Beach Road, Iluka Foreshore Park, Burns Beach Rd, Iluka WA 6028, Australia

The Iluka Community Biodiversity Survey scheduled for Sunday 8th October will be a fun family event and a great way to learn about all the living things of the dunes, coast and near shore marine environment at this lovely location.

Community members are invited to gather at the beach to observe and record all the native plants and animals of Iluka Beach. The event is both an informal biodiversity survey and a naturalist’s treasure hunt. Participants will be given a log sheet of the plants and animals to be found at that location and encouraged to find each species. Everyone is invited to record their observations by taking photos or making sketches of individual native species. Drawing material will be provided.

A field laboratory with iScopeStands will transform smartphones into microscopes to view the tiny details of nature. Come and discover the beauty in the detail of delicate algae and tiny invertebrates on marine plants, the makeup of beach sand, dune plants and much more.

Researchers from the University of Western Australia School of the Biological Sciences, members of Mullaloo Beach Community Group Inc, Friends of the North Ocean Reef Iluka Foreshore, Rod Smith from Birdlife WA, and the artist and environmental educator Angela Rossen will be on hand to assist participants on the day.

Bring your family and friends for a fun morning from 9am to 12 noon on Sunday October 8th. Come to Iluka Foreshore Park Burns Beach Rd Iluka and follow the signs.

This event is co-hosted by The Mullaloo Beach Community Group Inc. and the Artist and Educator Angela Rossen
Enquiries to Sharon McArthur

Wildflowers: what is a ‘good season’?

Wildflowers: what is a ‘good season’?

October 6, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Hew Roberts Lecture Theatre, Clifton St, Nedlands, Western Australia

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 after the rain. This gives a very wide range of flowers, the types of which vary greatly over the flowering season, which can range from annuals and bulbs in winter and spring to annuals and shrubs in late spring and summer.

Speakers are Greg & Browen Keighery
Greg Keighery is the Senior Principal Research Scientist, Science Division, Dept Biodiversity Conservation & Attractions.
Bronwen Keighery is a consultant botanist who has worked in conservation planning on the Swan Coastal Plain, both with the EPA and privately.

Cost: $3 door fee includes raffle ticket, tea & coffee. Note: if you’re staying after the talk for tea/coffee please BYO cup—none will be provided from now on.

Precious and Rare: Threatened and Priority flora of WA

Precious and Rare: Threatened and Priority flora of WA

October 5, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre, 184 Hope Road, Bibra Lake, Western Australia, Australia

Did you know? About 20% of WA flora is considered rare and under threat of extinction!

But what makes some species rarer than others? And what is threatening the plants? Paul Armstrong will answer these questions and more!

Paul is a semi-retired Senior Consultant Botanist who will share his experiences working with Threatened and Priority Flora and Threatened Ecological Communities.

All welcome, $3 entry with supper included!

Zig Zag Flora, Fauna & History Walking Tour

Zig Zag Flora, Fauna & History Walking Tour

October 1, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 1:30 pm
Zig Zag Scenic Drive, Zig Zag Scenic Dr, Gooseberry Hill WA 6076, Australia

Enjoy a two hour Flora, Fauna & History walking tour with a knowledgeable Botanical Guide twisting down the unused Zig Zag railway offering amazing views of the Perth City & the Swan Coastal Plain. Built in the 1900’s to take timber from the Perth Hills to Midland, the Zig Zag is an icon of the Perth Hills located within a 33 hectare reserve, home to a large variety of Wildflowers including: Blue Devil, Woolly Head, Bookleaf, Purple Tassel, Sundew, Blue Lady, Cowslips, Stackhousia & many many more. Kangaroos & Quendas inhabit the area as well as an array of birdlife including the endangered Black Cockatoos. Immerse yourself in nature & be awe inspired by the beauty of the Perth Hills.

A moderately easy, pleasant walk along the Zig Zag Trail.

Meet at the top bituman carpark at the start of the Zig Zag Scenic Drive which is located at the end of Lascelles Pde. Please arrive 10mins prior.

Limited Tours available. 8am, 9am, 10.30am.

$25 per person
Includes: 2hr Guided Flora & Fauna walk led by Wildflower Experts, Tea/Coffee & Snacks.

Numbers are limited to 16 per session
Bookings & prepayment are required to secure your place.

Bibbulmun Birds

Bibbulmun Birds

October 29, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Armadale WA 6112, Australia

Encounter the birds of the jarrah forest on a 16km walk in the hills with Sue Abbotts, amateur ornithologist and experienced bushwalker from ‘BirdLife Australia’.
Includes ‘Common Birds of the South West Forests’ Bush Book.
Don’t forget your binoculars!

Cost: $40
Will be walking southeast of Armadale. Further details available once you’ve booked.
Rating: beginner

Charlie Veron on A Life Underwater

Charlie Veron on A Life Underwater

October 5, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (UWA), 64 Fairway, Crawley WA 6009, Australia

UWA Institute of Advanced Studies, UWA Oceans Institute, the City of Perth Library & Boffins Books are pleased to present Charlie Veron on The Life Underwater.

This presentation will be chaired by Professor Gary Kendrick, UWA Oceans Institute.
Copies of “A Life Underwater” will be available for sale on the night.
Free entry.

About “A Life Underwater”:
Hailed by David Attenborough and proclaimed a second Charles Darwin, Charlie Veron has lived up to his namesake. Even as a toddler, he had a deep affinity with the natural world, and by school age he knew more about some sciences than his teachers did.

This didn’t prevent him failing in a system that smothered creativity, and it was only by chance that he went to university. And only by chance that he became a marine biologist, through his love of scuba diving. But once he found his specialty he revolutionised it. He generated a new concept of evolution that incorporates environmental change and a radical idea of what species are, matters which lie at the heart of conservation. He has identified more coral species than anyone in history, and in the process become known as the Godfather of Coral. Charlie has dived most of the world’s coral reefs, revelling in a beauty that few others have seen. In this engaging memoir he explains what reefs say about our planet’s past and future, and why it’s critical they be protected. And also why it’s critical that scholarly independence be safeguarded.

For it was the freedom he had as a young scientist, to be wayward, to take risks – a freedom barely imaginable in today’s world of managed academia – that allowed his breakthroughs. Exhilaratingly eye-opening, provocative, funny and warm, A Life Underwater is an inspiration to the young and the young at heart.

Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey

October 4, 2017
City of Perth Library and History Centre, 573 Hay Street, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Meet some of our feathery friends in this presentation by WA Birds of Prey. Observe, learn about and handle some of Australia’s top predators.

10.30am to 11.30am | Suitable for ages 6+
1.00pm to 2.00pm | Suitable for ages 6+
Bookings essential.

Wildlife Vet Detectives

Wildlife Vet Detectives

September 27, 2017
City of Perth Library and History Centre, 573 Hay Street, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Discover what it’s like to be a wildlife vet in this presentation by Native ARC. Meet and learn about some of the amazing animals they have helped save. Build your own wildlife rescue kit and become a wildlife vet detective for your neighbourhood!

10.30am to 12.00pm | Suitable for ages 6+
1.00pm to 2.30pm | Suitable for ages 6+
Bookings are essential, as places are limited.

Ornithology in the Gunduwa region

Ornithology in the Gunduwa region

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 or call (08) 9383 7749.

Noongar Six Seasons Walk

Noongar Six Seasons Walk

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

Bush Skills for the Hills workshops

Bush Skills for the Hills workshops

Bush Skills for the Hills is a series of free workshops for the community. The workshops include a combination of theoretical and practical information sessions, designed to give participants the skills to manage and appreciate everything that local bushland has to offer. The workshops are a refreshing mix of information and practical, hands-on sessions.

For more information, or to register, please contact EMRC’s Administration Officer Regional
Services on (08) 9424 2216, email: or fill in the online registration form.

Fire and Diversity

November 5, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
West Swan Hall, Lot 1 West Swan Road, Henley Brook, Western Australia, Australia

Are you concerned with fire safety while still wanting to keep the natural vegetation on your property? This workshop provides information on appropriate species of native plants to use within your Bushfire Protection Zone, setback requirements of vegetation for safety and other environmental considerations and the ecological effects fire has on native plants in nature.
Morning tea will be provided.



BirdLife Western Australia Walks and Excursions

BirdLife Western Australia Walks and Excursions

Bird Walk, Bibra Lake

October 15, 2017 @ 7:30 am – 11:00 am
Bibra Lake Reserve, Bibra Lake WA 6163, Australia

BirdLife Western Australia bird walk.

Meet at 7:30 am in the first car park at the southern end of the lake off Progress Drive. This car park is between Hope Road and Gwilliam Drive. Bibra Lake is a part of the Beeliar Wetlands chain and a large number of bushbirds and waterbirds can be seen here. Over 130 bird species have been recorded in this reserve. Bring water, hats, suitable footwear, etc.

For members and the general public.

Leader: Alan Watson