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WA Feral Cat Symposium

WA Feral Cat Symposium

May 31, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah WA 6210, Australia

Save the date for the upcoming WA Feral Cat Symposium in Mandurah this May.
Hear from some of the nation’s leading researchers and conservation groups on the innovative future of feral cat control and local successes in tackling a major cause of decline for many of Australia’s endangered species.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided.
Program details to follow.
Registration essential.

Kangaroo A Love-Hate Story: film screening

Kangaroo A Love-Hate Story: film screening

May 28, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Luna Palace Cinemas, 13 Essex St, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia

Special community screening of KANGAROO at Luna on SX In Fremantle.

Katrina Love of the Animal Justice Party AJP Western Australia will give a quick intro to the film.
There will be Kangaroo Merch (Tote Bags and Caps) for sale plus the Animal Justice Party will have a table set up with all their merchandise.

Q&A with the Director of the film via iPad after the screening.

This ground breaking film reveals the truth surrounding Australia’s love-hate relationship with its beloved icon. The kangaroo ‘image’ is proudly used by top companies, sports teams and tourist souvenirs, yet as they hop across the vast continent many consider them pests to be shot and sold for profit. KANGAROO unpacks a national paradigm where the relationship with kangaroos is examined.

Tickets $19. Buy tickets here:



May 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Naragebup Rockingham Environment Centre, Safety Bay Rd, Peron, Western Australia

The Naturalists Club Kwinana Rockingham Mandurah branch monthly meeting.
Dr Tony Friend (DBCA) will speak tonight on the topic of Numbats.

Bush Tucker and Medicine

Bush Tucker and Medicine

May 19, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre, Leach Hwy & Murdoch Dr, Winthrop WA 6155, Australia

Walk the Bidi Katitjiny Aboriginal Women’s Trail with cultural educators, keen to share traditional Noongar knowledge.

Learn about the applications of medicinal plants of south-west Australia and explore how you can incorporate local bush tucker in contemporary cooking practices.

A bush-tucker morning tea will be provided.
Cost: $7
Bookings required.

Mt Gibson Sanctuary Open Day

Mt Gibson Sanctuary Open Day

May 19, 2018 – May 20, 2018
Mount Gibson Sanctuary, Paynes Find WA 6612, Australia

Free Family Friendly Event!

Join the experts from the Australian Wildlife Conservancy and learn about the endangered wildlife that call Mt Gibson Sanctuary home. Plus, join the guided walks for your chance to spot a number of the Sanctuary’s unique Australian animals!

Location: Mt Gibson Sanctuary is located 367 km (5 hours) from Perth or 104 km (1.5 hours) from Wubin. Free shuttle bus departing from Geraldton.

Camping: Free overnight camping at Quartz Ridge Campground, plus BBQ breakfast provided.

Contact: RSVP is essential and places are limited. Please contact Jessica Stingemore on or 9938 0106 for more information.

Fish Must Breathe!

Fish Must Breathe!

May 17, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The University Club of Western Australia, Entrance 1, Hackett Dr, Crawley WA 6009, Australia

A public lecture by Professor Daniel Pauly, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, University of British Columbia and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

One of the expected responses of marine fishes to ocean warming is decrease in body size, as supported by evidence from empirical data and theoretical modelling. The theoretical underpinning for fish shrinking is that the oxygen supply to large fish size cannot be met by their gills, whose surface area cannot keep up with the oxygen demand by their three-dimensional bodies. Although this logic has been recently challenged, it will be shown, in the context of Gill-Oxygen Limitation Theory (GOLT) that gills, because they must retain the properties of open surfaces, cannot avoid being limiting for fish growth. Also, besides explaining (1) the growth patterns of fish, a wide range of biological features of fish and other water-breathing organisms can be understood only when gill area limitation is used as an explanation, including (2) the decline of food conversion efficiency with size; (3) the size at which they reproduce; (4) the phenomenon known as ‘abortive maturation’; (5) why the fish of a given species are larger at the cold end of their distribution ranges; (6) why fish move into deeper/colder waters when they grow bigger; (7) why the growth and food conversion efficiency of farmed fish declines when oxygen supply is reduced; (8) why fish perform temperature-driven seasonal migrations (9) why global warming induces poleward migrations; (10) why the flesh of tuna that have fought for a long time at the end of a fishing line becomes inedible; (11) why the otoliths of fish and the statoliths of invertebrates form clear daily rings in larvae and juveniles, but in adults; (12) many other phenomena that are never ben elucidated before, or even perceived as requiring an explanation. The GOLT thus appears to have the potential of a powerful theory capable of acceleration progress in marine biology and limnology and the corresponding applied discipline, ie, fishery science and aquaculture.

Cost: Free
Audience: General Public, Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni

Quendas and Their Reintroduction to Urban Bushlands

Quendas and Their Reintroduction to Urban Bushlands

May 16, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Henderson Environmental Centre, End of, Groat St, North Beach WA 6020, Australia

The Naturalists Club Northern Suburbs Branch monthly meeting.
Dr Leonie Valentine (UWA post-doctoral research fellow, funded by the National Environmental Science Program – Threatened Species Recovery Hub) will talk tonight on quendas and their reintroduction to urban bushlands

Dr Valentine and her co-workers reintroduced quendas into the Craigie Bushland Reserve in 2013 and have conducted regular surveys since. Learn some amazing facts about quendas and whether the translocation has been successful.

Bush birds

Bush birds

May 12, 2018 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
John Wellard Community Centre, Cnr Runnymede Gate and The Strand, Wellard, Runnymede Gate, Wellard WA 6170, Australia

Experts from BirdLife Australia will give a presentation on the bush birds of the Kwinana region, followed by a demonstration of spotting techniques and a wander through the bush.

Cost: Free

Contact the City of Kwinana Bushcare Officer on (08) 9439 0418 or to register.

A Bird’s Perspective art exhibit

A Bird’s Perspective art exhibit

May 11, 2018 @ 10:00 am – May 13, 2018 5:00 pm
Rose Hotel, 78 Stirling Hwy, North Fremantle, Western Australia

Nicky Shelton’s first solo art exhibition.
Opening night 11 May 6:30pm – 9pm
Exhibition 12-13 May 10am – 5pm

The Effects of urbanisation on trapdoor spiders in Perth

The Effects of urbanisation on trapdoor spiders in Perth

May 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
City West Lotteries House, 2 Delhi St, West Perth WA 6005, Australia

Speaker: Leanda Denise Mason, Curtin University
Time: 6.00pm for light refreshments. Talk starts at 6.30pm sharp.

The 2018 Underwater Tour

The 2018 Underwater Tour

May 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Kim E. Beazley Lecture Theatre, Murdoch WA 6150, Australia

Join us for an evening with our team of world-class internationally acclaimed underwater photographers.

Be inspired by their adventures with stories of discovery from behind the lens.

Each professional photographer brings their own photography passion and niche and all are ready to share their bucket lists of adventures with you.

-Jürgen Freund, Australia
-Jason Isley, Sabah, Malaysia
– Dr Richard Smith, London, UK
– Darren Jew, Australia

6pm Mix and mingle with our stellar photographers and aspirational tour partners
6.45pm Presentations Start
8.05pm 30 minute interval to mix and mingle
10.30pm Event concludes

As it’s a weekday and you may be arriving at our event straight from work, we’ve made it easy for you – you won’t go hungry… a sandwich box is included in your ticket price.

A cash bar is available for beer, wine and soft drinks from 6pm to 6.45pm and also during the interval.

Car Park 3 is closest to the Theatre. Parking is free after 5pm.
The Kim Beazley Lecture Theatre is located at Murdoch University.

Cost: $80

Retention of Mature Trees on Private Property

Retention of Mature Trees on Private Property

May 9, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Braithwaite Park, Mount Hawthorn WA 6016, Australia

This is your opportunity to voice your concerns about the loss of trees on private property and to influence change. There are many vacant blocks in Vincent that have been razed for new builds. There are numerous magnificent trees that provided many benefits to the community and were a part of Vincent’s history that have been thoughtlessly cut down. It needs to stop.

It is also an opportunity to hear what actions the council have taken to increase canopy cover in Vincent.

We are meeting with the Vincent Mayor, Emma Cole and the City of Vincent Manager Policy & Place, Stephanie Smith to discuss the following issues;

1. Can the reduction in deep soil zone incentive for the retention of mature trees for new builds be promoted by the council to improve uptake?

2. Can the reducation in deep soil zone incentive be applied to home extensions? Or some sort of incentive for people to retain mature trees?

3. What improvements are being made to the Significant Tree Register? Can an indicative timeframe for this be provided?

4. How can we go about having trees on private property protected?

5. Other matters.

In my mind the first three items are bandaid solutions until trees are protected but they are actions that the council can assist with. A blanket protection for trees will take more time and may need to be addressed at a state level.

Discover Kanyana Day

Discover Kanyana Day

May 6, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, 120 Gilchrist Rd, Lesmurdie WA 6076, Australia

Discover Kanyana Day

Come and discover Kanyana this Harvest Festival. We are open on Sunday 6th May between 10 and 4.

What’s on:
* Explore our hospital
* Be entertained in our Discovery Centre
* Learn and discover with our guest speakers
* Entertain the kids with lots of kids activities

Food and drinks stalls will be available.

$5 for adults. Kids under 16 are free. Fabulous value.
Tickets for sale at the event.

Honey Festival

Honey Festival

May 6, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Yagan Square, Wellington St, Perth WA 6000, Australia

Do you love bees, honey and beekeeping? Then come see us at the annual Honey Festival, in celebration of Honey Month.

This year sees the festival move to the newly developed Yagan Square on Wellington Street in Perth City from 10am until 4pm. Different location, same amazing FREE event!

Learn about cooking with honey, how to make beeswax candles or have a go at building bee boxes with beekeepers.

Chat with Tintuppa Nursery, who specialise in bee friendly plants for your garden. They’ve got all the tips on what to plant for pollinators.

Demonstrate your culinary skills by entering in the Great Honey Cake Competition or check out the highly anticipated honey judging comp!

Witness the spirit of Aboriginal culture through Perth’s Wadumbah Dance Group, who will be on stage at 11am.

This is a child-friendly event with plenty of fun to be had, such as face painting, educational activities and ‘Waggle Dace’ classes with Honey Girl.

Enjoy all of this and much, much more… Bee there or be square!

Night Wildlife Nature Walk

Night Wildlife Nature Walk

May 5, 2018 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Gooseberry Hill Recreation Reserve, Piesse Brook WA 6076, Australia

Join our local wildlife expert Simon Cherriman and explore bushland of your suburb discovering the many plants and animals living in the City of Kalamunda.

On this walk you will identify wildlife and evidence of their existence along a designated walk trail (1–2km).

Meet: Hill Street, Gooseberry Hill (at reserve gate)
Bring: Binoculars, camera, torch, closed-in shoes & water bottle

Limited to 20 people. Children must be over 6 years and accompanied by an adult.
Phone: 9257 9809

Bush Skills for the Hills

Bush Skills for the Hills

Verge Renovation Rescue

May 5, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
West Swan Hall, 1, W Swan Rd, Henley Brook WA 6055, Australia

In this workshop, we will cover simple ways you can ‘adopt’ your local verge and make it into a green space that can provide native habitat for birds, reptiles and frogs safely and easily, as well as provide some examples of sites that have been.

Fun with Fungi

July 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Margaret Forrest Centre, Park Rd, John Forrest National Park, Hovea, Western Australia

Following the introduction, we will break for an early lunch and take a short walk in the National Park. We will learn how and where to search for fungi and bring back specimens to identify. The workshop presenter Roz Hart is Vice President of Fungimap Inc., an Australia-wide fungi organisation, and is also a member of WA Naturalists’ Club Fungi Study Group.


Feral Animal Control

August 18, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Shire of Mundaring Administration Building, 7000 Great Eastern Hwy, Mundaring, WA, Australia

Eddie Juras from Feral Invasive Species Eradication Management (FISEM) will be explaining the habits and best methods for control of various feral species while giving a greater understanding of the impact they have on our native flora and fauna.


Air Bee N’ Bee

September 1, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
West Swan Hall, 1, W Swan Rd, Henley Brook WA 6055, Australia

Following the informative presentation, participants will be given the opportunity to build a native bee hotel and potentially take one home to install in their own garden. Workshop is not suitable for small children.


Weed or Wildflower?

October 6, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Mundaring Scout Hall, 2995 Jacoby St, Mundaring WA 6073, Australia

Can you tell a native grass from a weedy grass? Do you know which wattles are local and which are not? Is Bristly-headed Stinkweed a native plant? What family of plants have male and female flowers? This workshop led by Una Bell will feature a talk about some of the common plant families found in Mundaring and a guided walk focussing on wildflowers and weeds found along the Railway Heritage Trail. Workshop is not suitable for small children.
Meet at the Railway Heritage Trail near Mundaring Scout Hall.


Assisting Natural Regeneration on a Granite Outcrop

November 3, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Mundaring Scout Hall, 2995 Jacoby St, Mundaring WA 6073, Australia

We will be discussing the transformational journey of the reserve from what was known by locals as the ‘dump’ to what it is now: a stunning area with a wonderful array of wildflowers. Throssell Reserve features a surfacing granite outcrop and local plants such as Yellow Starflower, Stylidiums, Verticordia and native grasses. The beauty of the reserve, as it is today, is a result of the work completed by a dedicated ‘Friends of’ group and the Shire of Mundaring.
Meet at the Railway Heritage Trail near Mundaring Scout Hall.


Erosion Control Workshop

November 18, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Shire of Mundaring Administration Building, 7000 Great Eastern Hwy, Mundaring, Western Australia

Do you have an erosion problem on your property or community project site? Are you looking for a softer/environmentally friendly approach to reducing sediment movement along a waterway? This workshop will provide you with some guidance on which materials may be suited to your situation and include a practical session on how to go about installing fibre/jute rolls and matting. Bring your gloves, hat, water bottle and sunscreen and learn a thing or two about how to keep your soil where it is!


Bookings essential.

2018 Narc Dive Club Annual Land and Underwater Cleanup

2018 Narc Dive Club Annual Land and Underwater Cleanup

May 5, 2018 – May 6, 2018
Hillarys Boat Harbour, 86 Southside Dr, Hillarys WA 6025, Australia

Welcome to the 2018 Narc Dive Club Annual Land and Underwater cleanup.

This year after six years we are back at Hillary’s Harbour on the 5th and 6th of may 2018

Register via the website. Registrations close on Thursday night 19th April. You will get a confirmation emailed to you.

We still have a safety brief day scheduled for April the 21st With location still to be confirmed.

For hire gear please stay tuned and we will release what hire gear Specials we have across Perth for this amazing event.

For up to date and exciting news of the event please follow the event page. Any further questions please message the narc Dive club page.

So far over 37 tonne of rubbish removal from our oceans so let’s go fourth and make this another amazing year.

If you step over it you allow it!

For the oceans.

Pollinators, fire and cockatoos, and the evolution of woody-fruited hakeas

Pollinators, fire and cockatoos, and the evolution of woody-fruited hakeas

May 4, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Nedlands Lecture Theatre, Clifton St, Nedlands, Western Australia

The Naturalist Club monthly meeting.
Professor Byron Lamont will speak on the topic of Pollinators, fire and cockatoos, and the evolution of woody-fruited hakeas

Byron Lamont first studied Agricultural Science at UWA before turning to Botany as a postgraduate. He is the only botanist to receive a Doctor of Science from UWA over the past 70 years. Byron is an expert on adaptations of Mediterranean floras—especially those in south-west Australia—to fire, poor soils, summer drought, herbivores and pollinators. He is particularly interested in the evolution of the Banksia family both in Australia, South Africa and elsewhere. Byron has published 50 papers since his retirement in 2010 and a book on adaptations in the south-west Australian flora (Groom, P. and Lamont, B. 2015, de Gruyter Open). This work has concentrated on the role of fire in the evolution of plants, and, together with Dr Tianhua He at Curtin, he is recognized as the world leader in this field.

FrogID launch in Western Australia

FrogID launch in Western Australia

May 3, 2018 @ 5:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre, Herdsman WA 6017, Australia

Our frogs need your help!

A rare chance to meet one of the country’s leading frog experts – Dr Jodi Rowley at the Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre as she launches FrogID in WA!

FrogID is Australia’s first national frog count that will help safeguard the future of this threatened species.

Join us for a sausage sizzle and learn why frogs are important and why we should count them. Discover how to get involved and how to use the app!

After the talk you will go on a frog walk led by Herdsman Lake/Gould League/WAM representatives.

Places are limited so register your interest now!

Act For Birds Community Forum

Act For Birds Community Forum

May 2, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
WA Ecology Centre, Perry Lakes Dve, Floreat, Western Australia

Join BirdLife in Perth this May to hear about how nature laws are failing our birds and what we can do to help them.

BirdLife Australia is calling for stronger nature laws that genuinely protect our wonderful birds and their precious habitats. Our Act for Birds campaign is live, our report just launched, and across the environmental movement as a whole we’re starting to see the extinction crisis getting the national media attention it deserves.

But our real power to secure stronger nature laws – and better outcomes for birds – lies in the stories and voices of local bird-lovers from around the country. So BirdLife will be hosting 8 community forums across the country!

This series of community forums will bring together people who care about birds and nature to share knowledge and take action. Attendees will get the chance to improve their understanding of this national issue, why it’s important and how it relates to you. We’ll talk through exactly how the current system of nature laws is fundamentally broken and offer practical ways to take action about the local issues that matter to you.

This will be a great opportunity for passionate nature lovers (like you!) to connect with one another, come up with ideas of your own, and take action together for the places and birds you love!

Tea, coffee and snacks provided.
RSVP via the website.

Conservation of Threatened Flora- Policy and Practice

Conservation of Threatened Flora- Policy and Practice

April 27, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Octagonal Hall, 52 McGlew Rd, Glen Forrest WA 6071, Australia

The Wildflower Society Eastern Hills Branch Monthly Meeting

Western Australia is well known as a centre for flora diversity, with the south west being recognised as a world biodiversity hotspot.  To qualify as a biodiversity hotspot, the area has to have a high level of flora endemism, but also have been subject to a high level of habitat loss.  To maintain the flora diversity of Western Australia we need to have effective biodiversity legislation, practical policies and effective flora conservation practices.  Dr Atkins is currently manager of Species and Communities Branch in the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and has an extensive background in vegetation management and conservation issues. He will present information on the existing, but dated, legislative protection currently in operation in WA and the policies that have been developed to make this legislation work for flora conservation.  He will also present the new Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and explain the changes to legislation for flora conservation, and how this will improve our capacity to conserve the State’s flora.  Examples will be given of some of the flora conservation practices that are being undertaken in Western Australia to try and reverse the impacts of the range of threatening processes impacting our flora.

BirdLife Western Australia Walks and Excursions

BirdLife Western Australia Walks and Excursions


Bird Walk, Lake Goollelal

May 12, 2018 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Lake Goollelal, Kingsley WA 6026, Australia

Meet at 8:30 am at the car park on Woodlake Retreat. From the junction of Wanneroo Road and Hepburn Avenue, travel north on Wanneroo Road to the first set of traffic lights and turn left into Woodlake Retreat. The car park is 50 m from the turn off.

This lake offers a good selection of bushbirds and waterbirds. It is part of the Northern Swan Coastal Plain Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) for Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo. Bring your telescope if you have one.

For members and the general public.

Leader: Clive Nealon