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Nocturnal Creatures of the Night Hike – Carmel Walk Trail

Nocturnal Creatures of the Night Hike – Carmel Walk Trail

December 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Francais Road, Francais Rd, Carmel WA 6076, Australia

As we prepare each night to go to sleep, there is a whole other world just starting to wake up. A Nocturnal Creatures of the Night Hike gives you the chance to explore this other world like a foreign land.

Experiencing nature at night can be fun and exciting. At night, the world is full of sounds and smells much different than the daytime. As we walk through the night and are met with unfamiliar noises, our imaginations go a little wild, often drawing out our fears, but if we allow ourselves to be present in the moment and witness the marvel of the nocturnal world we often miss at night, we truly see that in darkness there is also beauty.

A family friendly night hike on a 2.5km trail exploring the nocturnal creatures that awaken in the night within Korung National Park. We invite you to grab a flashlight, join our guides and let’s head out into the dark woods to see what we can find! Suitable for ages 4+.

Meet at end of Francais Rd, Pickering brook (park near Weemala Orchard)

Please be ready 5mins prior to start time.

$15pp or $50 family of four – (max 16) 7.00pm start

Includes: Guided 1 1/2 hr Nocturnal Hike followed by Tea/Coffee/Light Supper

You must book to secure your place.

Nature Detectives School Holiday Program

Nature Detectives School Holiday Program

December 20 & 22, 2017
Cambridge Scout Hall, 136 Alderbury St, Floreat WA 6014, Australia

Kids Nature Club Nature Detectives School Holiday Program is all about exploring the outdoors!

The activities for our half day program are:
-Guided Nature Walk/ scavenger hunt
-Frog forage
-Meet ‘n’ Greet with our stick and leaf insects
-Outdoor games & cubby building
-Create your own Christmas ornament
-Ropes Park Play

Ages 4-10
Sessions @ 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm
Drop & leave program
$40 per session

Glow Stick Night Walk

Glow Stick Night Walk

December 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Lake Gwelup Reserve, 46 Huntriss Road, Gwelup WA 6018, Australia

Join us for a night walk, see and hear nature come to life.
Bring a sense of adventure and a torch if you have one.
Please no pets.

Reusable Glow stick torches provided free of charge for kids to use on the night.
Best suited for kids 4yrs +

Junior Wildlife Guardians

Junior Wildlife Guardians

December 18 & 19, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre, 322 Mills Rd E, Martin WA 6110, Australia

Junior Wildlife Guardians is a short 2 hour program focusing on nature connection through Australian Native Wildlife, providing 4 – 12 year olds an opportunity to meet and interact with black cockatoos, dingoes, kangaroos and emus. These events are run mostly outdoors around our education building in direct proximity to the interactive black cockatoo aviary where children and parents can talk to the attention loving birds. Through animal tours and activities children can learn about Australian Wildlife, conservation and get involved in our work by making animal enrichment toys and native plantings.

The session cost is $20 per child with parent/guardians attending free. Bookings essential.

Birdata Workshop

Birdata Workshop

December 16, 2017 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Western Australian Ecology Centre, 165 Perry Lakes Dr, City Beach WA 6015, Australia

A number of free Birdata Workshops will be presented by Tegan Douglas and held at the WA Ecology Centre next to BirdLife’s Peregrine House.

The workshop will cover all aspects of using Birdata including structured monitoring surveys which feeds directly into the State of Australia’s Birds report series. These reports are the go to guides to the status of Australia’s bird populations, designed to inform decision making on land management, and direct conservation and policy that affects Australia’s birds and biodiversity.
As well, you can develop personal birding lists for your own use.

The first half-day event is scheduled for the 16 December. It is recommended you have downloaded the App from Google Play or Apple iTunes on to your phone, or alternatively if you prefer to use your laptop or tablet go to the Birdata portal at

Register for this free event by contacting:

Lake Gwelup Reserve Walk

Lake Gwelup Reserve Walk

December 16, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Lake Gwelup Reserve, 46 Huntriss Road, Gwelup WA 6018, Australia

Wilflower Society event.
Guided walk in Lake Gwelup Reserve with David Pike, looking at waterbirds, nesting birds, flora and insects. Meet in the Scout Hall carpark (near the tennis courts), Huntriss Rd Gwelup. All welcome.

Learn more about reptiles with Eric McCrum

Learn more about reptiles with Eric McCrum

December 15, 2017 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Ballajura Public Library, Kingfisher Ave & Illawarra Crescent, Ballajura WA 6066, Australia

Come join us for a free presentation while having a cuppa and a chat.

Eric is an environmentalist, photographer and radio presenter and was awarded the OAM and the Centenary Medal for his work in natural history. Join us for Eric’s presentation about reptiles.

Wedge-tailed Eagles – their story, as told by Simon Cherriman

Wedge-tailed Eagles – their story, as told by Simon Cherriman

December 8, 2017 @ 7:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Jorgensen Park Pavilion, Crescent Rd, Kalamunda WA 6076, Australia

Join us for our sparkling, fun and informative Christmas event.

Firstly, we have an amazing and very popular guest speaker: Simon Cherriman
Topic: Where Do Wedgies Dare?
The Wedge-tailed Eagle, or Wailitj in the Aboriginal Noongar language, is the largest bird of prey in Australia and one of the largest and most beautiful eagles in the world. Simon is currently conducting a WA-first project using satellite-trackers to research the movements and survival of juvenile Wedge-tailed eagles. Currently there is only limited knowledge of the movements and survival of juvenile Wedge-tails, but, we do know that many birds are killed by vehicles, and more recently, the threat of drones is encroaching on their habitat. If we leave it ’til they’re endangered, it could be too late. Top-order or apex predators like eagles are vital for keeping the ecosystems that other wildlife live in healthy. They control pest animals such as feral cats, feral pigs and rabbits, pick off sick and injured animals and encourage a high level of fitness in populations of native animals, and reduce disease risk by eating carrion. It is so important that we understand and look after them!

In 2013 Simon satellite-tagged two adult Wedge-tailed eagles in arid Western Australia to learn more about their movements, and the effectiveness of using GPS/Satellite tracking to study aspects of their life history such as home range and juvenile dispersal. This pilot study led to a PhD project at Murdoch University which began in July 2016. Simon will share his incredible knowledge on Wedge-tailed eagles.

Come along for an evening of stories of ‘eagle tracking’ and learn more about “Where Wedgies Dare!”.

We now have monthly nature competitions for children. When a child (under 16) comes along to a meeting they are invited to bring a drawing, craft work, story, study or video on the topic to the next meeting. Small prizes are given each month, but now at our Christmas event children are invited to bring back all their entries and all items will be displayed and a grand prize given.

Time to be jolly with our Christmas quiz and yummy Christmas food and refreshments.

Rumour has it we have a visit by Eric McCrum, no it’s not … it’s Father Christmas. What will happen? You will have to be there to see this spectacular event! Could be more prizes and gifts are given away than normal.

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. We finish at 9.30pm.

We invite a donation of $3 per person for adult members and $0 for child members, and $5 per adult visitor and $1 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.

The long, the short, the BIG & the small: The Reptiles of Bali

The long, the short, the BIG & the small: The Reptiles of Bali

December 7, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Four5Nine, 459 Fitzgerald St, North Perth, Western Australia

Join us for an interactive evening over drinks talking all things reptilian and launching the new book ‘Naturalist’s Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Bali’. This comprehensive field guide provides colour images of all 111 species of reptiles and amphibians known from the island so far, accompanied by detailed species descriptions which include nomenclature, size, distribution, habits, occurrence and whether they are dangerous. The user-friendly introduction covers biogeography of Bali, cultural significance of herpetofauna in the island, conservation, and how to deal with snake bites.

The bar is open for drinks throughout the event and a limited number of signed copies of the book are sold for $20 each (cash payment only).
Hosted by Aaranya Wildlife Odysseys

Perth’s Lost Lakes: A Symposium

Perth’s Lost Lakes: A Symposium

December 7, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Peter Cowan Writers Centre Inc., ECU, Joondalup Drive, Joondalup, Western Australia, Australia

Perth, initially praised by Captain Stirling for its abundant fresh water, now faces a critical shortage of water, reliant on desalination plants and depleted aquifers. Climate change, historic patterns of sprawling development and a massive influx of population attracted by the mining boom are noted culprits. But disdain for freshwater wetlands stretches from the earliest days of settlement, enabling the conversion of streams to sewers, marshes to suburban infill. It leads directly to the Barnett Government’s aborted plans for bulldozing Beeliar wetlands.

The story of Perth’s lakes and wetlands is, therefore, largely tragic, a 200 year history of infill, paving, draining, damming, over-building, covering and erasure.
Yet there is another, hidden story in the remaining lakes and wetlands, one of resilience and survival. The lost and forgotten lakes sustain what distinguishes Perth: its status as an internationally recognized biodiversity hotspot. If this biodiversity can be nurtured by restoring wetland ecosystems, Perth may weather the combined effects of climate change and the estimated doubling of population by 2050.

But how can Perth recover and rewild its lost lacustrine ecosystems when the dominant wisdom, inscribed on every “Road to Recovery,” invests in extending the built environment? And how might Perth’s human culture be more enriched by rediscovering its watery past? Join distinguished scholars, writers and civic leaders for an afternoon of enquiry and discussion, followed by a guided tour of Joondalup Lake.

Free entry.

World Soil Day

World Soil Day

December 5, 2017 @ 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Technology Park Seminar Room 1, 2 Brodie-Hall Drive, Bentley, Western Australia, Australia

Hosted by Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (with SoilsWest and Soil Science Australia), this event will deliver a program full of topical presentations, innovation displays, media launches, student poster displays, a soil cake morning tea, and more!

An afternoon at the Gould League

An afternoon at the Gould League

December 3, 2017 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre, Selby Street, Churchlands, Western Australia

Kids Nature Club will be down at the WA Gould Leagues Enviromental Centre on Sunday 3rd December from 1.30pm-2.30pm. Entry is a gold coin donation. No tickets required.

Explore inside the Centre and along the boardwalk, go ponding for water bugs and tadpoles and join us on the bird walk.

Underwater Photography Basics Workshop

Underwater Photography Basics Workshop

December 3, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Yoga & Co, 67 Hubert St, East Victoria Park, Western Australia

Do you love the underwater world and want to capture your adventures?

This workshop will help you learn the basics and equip you with the skills to take a great photo with any type of camera.

Throughout the workshop you will learn about:
* Basics of photography lighting, composition and exposure
* Underwater Photography equipment and accessories
* Tips and tricks for taking photos below the surface
* Post production and storing your images
* Travelling with underwater photography equipment
* Caring for your equipment
* Resources and next steps for your photography

Workshop cost of $130 includes tuition, snacks and booking fee.

Breakfast with Birds – Mary Carroll Park

Breakfast with Birds – Mary Carroll Park

December 3, 2017 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am
Mary Carroll Park, 165F Eudoria St, Gosnells WA 6110, Australia

Join Birdlife WA to watch waterbirds and learn about their feeding, mating and nesting. You’ll enjoy a healthy breakfast to the soundtrack of bush birds.

Free, but bookings are essential.
Telephone: 9397 3111

Native Bee Morning Tea

Native Bee Morning Tea

November 25, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Rivervale Community Centre, Francisco St, Rivervale WA 6103, Australia

Join members of local community garden groups in talk by Kit Prendergast, PhD student and ecologist studying native bees.

At least fifty species of bees inhabit the bushlands around Perth and several occur quite commonly in suburban gardens and city parks. Come along to learn more about these beneficial insects.

Morning tea will be provided.

Register by email to or contact the Parks and Environment Department on 9477 7257.

Field Ornithology Course

Field Ornithology Course

November 26, 2017 – December 2, 2017
Eyre Bird Observatory, Cocklebiddy WA 6443, Australia

Field ornithology course at Eyre Bird Observatory.

This course is a wonderful opportunity to get a practical, hands-on introduction to the birds of southwestern Australia. You will develop skills in various ways of monitoring and collecting data from free-ranging animals. It is held on the remote south coast at Eyre Bird Observatory, Australia’s longest running bird observatory. It is a fantastic location from which to see a wonderful array of native birds from southwest endemics and migratory waders to arid-zone visitors, including the charismatic Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo.

BirdLife Western Australia has generously offered a number of grants to university students to cover the cost of the course. It is a wonderful opportunity, to please take advantage of it if you are eligible. The deadline for grant applications is 9am Monday, 9th October.

While the course is targeted at university students, anyone with an interest in ornithology is warmly welcomed. If you are interested please contact Tegan as soon as possible, as the observatory can only host 8 attendees, and places invariably fill up fast!

Tegan Douglas
M 0402 457 403 | T 08 9287 2716

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

BirdLife Western Australia Walks and Excursions

BirdLife Western Australia Walks and Excursions

Bird Walk, Lake Claremont

December 9, 2017 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Lake Claremont, Western Australia 6010, Australia

Meet at 7:30 am at the Lake Claremont Golf Club car park off Davies Road, Claremont. We will look for waterbirds and bushbirds around this pleasant suburban lake.

For members and the general public.

Leader: David Free


Bird Walk, Clarkson Reserve

December 14, 2017 @ 7:30 am – 11:00 am
Clarkson Reserve, Maylands WA 6051, Australia

BirdLife Western Australia bird walk.

Meet at 7:30 am in the car park on the east side of the tennis courts off Clarkson Road. Travelling away from the city on Guildford Road, turn right into Peninsula Road and follow this until you reach a T-junction with Clarkson Road. Turn left at the T-junction and travel about 200 m along Clarkson Road towards the tennis courts, and turn right to reach the parking area. Buff-banded Rail has been seen here and it should be quite a pleasant walk along the river.

For members and the general public.

Leader: Jennifer Sumpton and Lynley Davey