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The Paris Agreement and Implications for Australia

The Paris Agreement and Implications for Australia

August 23, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Kim Beazley Lecture Theatre, Murdoch University, 90 South Street, Murdoch, Western Australia, Australia

The Paris Agreement’s central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2oC above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5oC. To achieve this limit, scientific assessments suggest that global CO2 emissions need to peak by 2020, and reach zero CO2 emissions by 2050.

Set against the context of rapidly reducing costs for major renewable energy and storage technologies, this year’s Keith Roby Memorial Lecture looks at the opportunities for Australia (and Western Australia) to take advantage of the coming transformation of the global energy system.

RSVPs are essential by 11 August 2017.
http://www.murdoch.edu.au/Support-Murdoch/News-and-events/Keith-Roby-Memorial-Lecture/Keith-Roby-Memorial-Lecture-History/2017-Keith-Roby-Memorial-Lecture/

SeeREEF Ecology Education Presentation

SeeREEF Ecology Education Presentation

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.

https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/seereef-ecology-education-presentation679476

Sustainable Urban Living Expo

Sustainable Urban Living Expo

September 9, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Bassendean WA 6054, Australia

Save the date! For the inaugural Bassendean Sustainable Urban Living Expo.
Information, talks and stalls about sustainable living:
-passive solar building design,
-water wise gardens,
-urban farming,
-renewable energy,
-composting and more than you can poke a stick at..

Practical tips for everyday living.

Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show & Spring Festival

Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show & Spring Festival

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.

In brief:
• 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)

Wasteless Pantry Workshop

Wasteless Pantry Workshop

September 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Atwell Community Centre, 9 Lombe Gardens, Atwell, Western Australia, Australia

It’s time to get the rubbish out of your kitchen! Come along to an interactive workshop with the experts from Wasteless Pantry on reducing your food waste through discovering better ways to shop, time saving tips that will also cut your environmental footprint, hints on making the most of what is in your pantry and fridge as well as how to store your food to keep it at its freshest.

https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/wasteless-pantry-workshop

Composting Workshop

Composting Workshop

September 2, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Yangebup Community Centre, 20 Swallow Drive, Yangebup, Western Australia, Australia

Want to learn how to make compost in your own backyard?

Compost will improve soil condition, increase water retention and help to fertilise plants. This workshop is part of the City of Cockburn’s resident waste subsidy scheme. You can claim up to $50 rebate on your compost bin purchase.

Bring your family and enjoy some refreshments with your local Cockburn community.

https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/composting-workshop

From the Ground Up

From the Ground Up

August 27, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Jarrahdale Primary School, 20 Wanliss Street, Jarrahdale, Western Australia, Australia

Gardeners with questions to ask and knowledge to share!
Stacey Smithers, ‘sustainability extraordinaire’ will offer practical tips for improving soil biology to maintain an active healthy organic garden and improve the quality of your home grown food in this interactive presentation. Jarrahdale Primary School has been a proud member of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program for the past 7 years.
Participants will explore the school’s extensive veggie patch, orchard area, berry beds and composting systems to build their knowledge of gardening.

Free event. Register via Eventbrite.
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/from-the-ground-up-jarrahdale-tickets-34350670781

Native gardening with Lisa Mazzella

Native gardening with Lisa Mazzella

August 23, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
City of Vincent Library, 99 Loftus St, Leederville WA 6007, Australia

Discover our amazing native plant diversity and how to grow natives in your own garden.

Reasons to love native gardens:

They provide habitat, food and shelter for local birds, native bees, butterflies and other wildlife
They are adapted to the local soil types and climate, including drought conditions
They require minimal watering, saving water and money
They look great!
How many of us are aware that Perth is right in the middle of one of the world’s top 25 internationally recognised biodiversity hotspots? That means we have a huge diversity of native plant species but also that lots of the natural habitat has been cleared. About half of south-west WA’s plant species are found nowhere else on earth.

Let’s celebrate the amazing diversity in our local native plant species. We’d love to see more native plants in gardens.

https://www.switchyourthinking.com/whats-on/native-gardening-with-lisa-mazzella/

Soil secrets – Composting and worm farming

Soil secrets – Composting and worm farming

August 20, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Kelmscott Primary School, River Rd, Kelmscott WA 6111, Australia
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/soil-secrets-composting-and-worm-farming-tickets-35253538282

August 27, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tamala Park, 1700 Marmion Ave, Mindarie, Western Australia, Australia
Contact Emma Baker, Waste Education Officer at the City of Wanneroo on emma.baker@wanneroo.wa.gov.au to register.

Learn everything you need to know about composting and worm farming from an expert. Rob Gulley is well known across Perth for his composting competency and worm farming prowess. You’ll see live demonstrations and be able to ask all of your questions to help you reduce your waste at home and produce beautiful compost that will return nutrients to your garden.

 

Owl Pellet Dissection

Owl Pellet Dissection

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.)

Cost: Free.
Bookings essential to reserve your place.

https://www.scienceweek.net.au/owl-pellet-dissection-2/

ChemCentre Open Day

ChemCentre Open Day

August 19, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Building 500, cnr Manning Rd & Townsing Dr, Bentley, Western Australia, Australia

Join us as we celebrate chemists as local heroes; discover how science saves the day and make science your mission at ChemCentre Open Day 2017! Have a fun day out with friends and family while learning about the role that chemistry plays in safeguarding the WA community, industry and environment.

This year’s highlights include:
• The Clan Lab Experience – dressing up and exploring the life of real chemist heroes who help the WA Police solve crimes!
• Tours of our Forensics and Environmental Chemistry Laboratories
• Loads of exciting new shows, activities, and exhibitions
• Special guests from WA Police, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Greyhounds as Pets and more
• FREE Soil Testing – bring along some backyard soil and our experts will analyse it to provide scientific insights into the chemistry of your soil
• FREE Liquid Nitrogen Ice cream and Fairy Floss
• And much, much more…

Free entry.

Bird-watching in your garden (Belmont): Healthy Birds, Healthy Gardens, with Mike & Rachel Green

Bird-watching in your garden (Belmont): Healthy Birds, Healthy Gardens, with Mike & Rachel Green

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.

Topic:

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/#/

Perth – Community Organising Training August 2017

Perth – Community Organising Training August 2017

August 19, 2017 @ 9:00 am – August 20, 20173:30 pm
2 Delhi St, West Perth WA 6005, Australia

We are excited to offer our new Community Organising Training course – Movement for Life – to Wilderness Society volunteers and supporters.

Our community organising program is all about immersing yourself in an incredible learning and development experience so that collectively we can better protect, promote and restore Wilderness across Australia.

This two day course will give you experience and skills in:

-The theory and frameworks of community organising
-Relational organising skills
-Leadership and facilitation
-Communications for change (telling your personal narrative)
-Campaign planning
-Activating your local community
-Building grassroots teams & volunteer management

Is this training right for me? Do you care about nature protection and do you have a yearning to be more effective in this space? Yes? Then this is for you!

We’re looking to transform the ways in which society connects and respects our natural environment. This program is a huge first step in discovering what we can do collectively. It’ll equip you with the skills, know-how, mentoring and connections you need to have an impact in your local community.

BYO Lunch, Tea, Coffees and snacks provided.

Please ensure you let us know via email if you have any dietary requirements, mobility needs or anything else you think we need to take into consideration. Water town is across the road from the training venue, with plenty of lunch options to choose from.

This program is offered to those currently volunteering (or are seeking to volunteer) free of charge. Spaces are strictly limited so make sure you RSVP as soon as possible or get in touch if you need any further information.

RSVP: http://wilderness.nationbuilder.com/perth_cot_august17

Henderson Waste Recovery Park Tour

Henderson Waste Recovery Park Tour

August 18, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
City of Cockburn Administration, 9 Coleville Crs, Spearwood, Western Australia

Come for a FREE behind-the-scenes tour of the waste recovery park and discover the amazing world of waste.

Learn how waste can be minimised and avoided, reused and recycled into new products and how we convert waste gas into electricity. Visit the popular Reuse Shop to pick up a few bargains!

Meet at City of Cockburn Administration Centre car park to jump on our community bus, which departs at 9.40am sharp.

https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/henderson-waste-recovery-park-tour3745735

Growing Soil By Design

Growing Soil By Design

August 17, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Landcare SJ, Paterson Rd, Mundijong, Western Australia

This free workshop will offer a two hour introduction to the Regrarian Platform for people interested in regenerating their soil. Presented by Terra Perma, the workshop will cover the basic principles of whole- systems property design with a focus on soil. Terra Perma also offer free online resources for participants to continue building knowledge after the introductory workshop.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/growing-soil-by-design-tickets-34353307668

From dust bowls to food bowls: Australia’s conservation farming revolution

From dust bowls to food bowls: Australia’s conservation farming revolution

August 16, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Bayliss Lecture Theatre, UWA, Crawley, Western Australia

UWA Brian Carlin Memorial Lecture.

The challenges of global food security and climate change have re-focussed public and political attention on agriculture in Australia.

Images of dusty ploughed fields and dying sheep and trees have generated a public perception of an inappropriate “European” agriculture in Australia that belies the innovative, efficient and productive farming systems that have developed during the last 30 years.

In this talk, Adj/Prof John Kirkegaard will discuss how Australia’s innovative farmers now grow a diversity of crops and pastures without tillage, underpinned by fundamental and adaptive agricultural research.

They retain stubble to protect the soil, and use satellite-guided precision seeding, spraying and harvesting to provide highly efficient production with reduced environmental risk. Innovation is continuing apace, with rapid soil and plant sensing to guide management, better forecasting of weather and crop yields, and novel physiology and genetics to provide better crop varieties to meet the challenges, in the coming decades, of substantially increasing food production in environmentally benign ways.

RSVP required.
http://events.uwa.edu.au/event/20170726T041444Z-2770-16298@events.uwa.edu.au/whatson/publicaffairs

Plastic Free Afternoon Tea

Plastic Free Afternoon Tea

August 13, 2017 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Gosnells WA 6110, Australia

Save the date!!! Location to be advised.

Transition Town Gosnells invites you to join us for a plastic free afternoon tea.

In celebration of the completion of Plastic Free July join us to share a meal and to chat about the challenges and successes that you have had in this year’s Plastic Free July Challenge.

What to bring:
-A plate of food to share (try to prepare a plate that has not included any plastic packaging)
-A reusable cup, plate and cutlery
-Any plastic that was unavoidable in the preparation of your plate of food

Kids and extended family and friends all welcome!!

Electric Vehicle Charge Station launch

Electric Vehicle Charge Station launch

August 13, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
City of Swan Administration, cnr Cosmo Lane & Morrison Rd, Midland, Western Australia, Australia

City of Swan is celebrating National Science Week (August 12 – 20) with the public launch of its new Electric Vehicle Charge Station in Midland. The charge station has been installed outside the City’s main Administration building and is initially being used to charge the electric vehicles in the City’s fleet, including the car used by the parking inspectors.

The free launch event will be on Sunday August 13, from 12 – 3pm at the rear of the City’s administration building at 2 Midland Square (cnr Cosmo Lane and Morrison Road).

Come along for:
· A free 20 minute charge of your electric vehicle using our new rapid DC charging station
· Electric vehicles on display
· ‘Think Green’ education trailer
· Coffee van and food vendors.

Perth Science Festival

Perth Science Festival

August 12, 2017 @ 10:00 am – August 13, 20174:00 pm
Perth Cultural Centre, Bordered by Roe Street, Beaufort Street, Francis Street and, William St, Northbridge WA 6003, Australia

We’re kicking off National Science Week with a bang with the 2017 Perth Science Festival!

Get down to the FREE Perth Science Festival at the Perth Cultural Centre for over 40 interactive stalls, explosive science shows, native animals, the list goes on! There will be a number of sustainability vendors coming, and we also have activities/displays such as worm farming and a Tiny Home.

Tree Planting for Black Cockatoos – Stage 5

Tree Planting for Black Cockatoos – Stage 5

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: paftewa@hotmail.com as we need to reply with important information.

Choose for Black Cockatoos

Choose for Black Cockatoos

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.

Cost: FREE

Light refreshments provided.

Bookings essential – please register online or contact customer service on 9411 3444.
https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/choose-for-black-cockatoos

Soil secrets with Bee Winfield

Soil secrets with Bee Winfield

August 12, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Pinjarra Community Garden, Lot 362 Pinjarra-Williams Rd, Pinjarra, Western Australia

Bee Winfield is a well known and respected organic farmer and permaculture enthusiast. In this workshop, Bee will weave the scientific story of how the health of our soils is related to human health and ecosystem health. With a focus on the importance of microbes, Bee will leave participants with a deep appreciation of the dirt under our feet and how they can help protect it.

This workshop is presented by Switch your thinking in partnership with the SJ Food and Farm Alliance as part of National Science Week.

Free workshop. Register online
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/soil-secrets-pinjarra-tickets-34349718934

Seed Collection Seminar

Seed Collection Seminar

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.

https://www.trybooking.com/book/QNTA

Soil Secrets Revealed

Soil Secrets Revealed

Get your garden growing by learning more about the fascinating world of soil! Local soil scientists from Hydrosoil will share some secrets to help you better manage your soil for a more productive veggie patch, a vibrant flowerbed or a healthy and resilient lawn. Perth soils can make gardening tricky but you can improve the growth of any garden by understanding what lies beneath.

Free presentation. Register online

August 9, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Manning Library, Conochie Crescent, Manning, Western Australia, Australia
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/green-living-soil-secrets-revealed-tickets-34715658469

August 10, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Pinjarra Senior Citizens Hall, Pinjarra, Western Australia
http://www.switchyourthinking.com/whats-on/soil-secrets-revealed-3/

August 14, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
The Knowledge Centre, 2232 Albany Hwy, Gosnells, Western Australia
Contact City of Gosnells Library on (08) 9391 6000 or Library_queries@gosnells.wa.gov.au to register.

August 14, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Ruth Faulkner Public Library, 215 Wright Street, Cloverdale, Western Australia, Australia
Cost: FREE for City of Belmont residents; $5 for non-residents
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/switch-your-thinking-presents-soil-secrets-tickets-34313402310

The Mind of Plants

The Mind of Plants

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
Register online
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/green-living-the-mind-of-plants-tickets-34714192083

August 16, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Knowledge Centre, 2232D Albany Hwy, Gosnells, Western Australia
To book your place, email library_queries@gosnells.wa.gov.au or contact the Knowledge Centre on 9391 6000.

 

 

Free presentation.

Flying High

Flying High

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.
https://library.armadale.wa.gov.au/flying-high

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

Dates:
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 wa@birdlife.org.au or call (08) 9383 7749.

Beach-nesting Birds of the Swan River Estuary

Beach-nesting Birds of the Swan River Estuary

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.

Cost: Free
Bookings: 08 9339 2439 or oneillc@westnet.com.au
https://www.scienceweek.net.au/beach-nesting-birds-of-the-swan-river-estuary/

Compost, Worms & Bokashi

Compost, Worms & Bokashi

August 5, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
58 Norfolk St, Mount Lawley WA 6050, Australia

Free ‘green’ workshops to City of Vincent residents
With the awesome Transition Town Vincent team.

Learn how to make healthy soil from your kitchen, garden and paper waste.
Want to get started, but don’t know what system to use? This workshop will go through the following systems:
-Composting
-Bokashi bucket
-Worm farming and
-In ground worm farming

Learn how to set up the right habits to make it easy to produce healthy soil.
Ben Klenner shares his hands on experience, passion for good soil and experience as a presenter for Great Gardens.

Making it easy and connecting community. Transition Town Vincent is here to help. We will be trialing a Q&A session at the end of the workshop for past participants. The aim is to reconnect, share common knowledge and solve your composting problems.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/composting-worm-farm-workshop-norfolk-st-mt-lawley-tickets-35881919788

Family Fun at Piney Lakes Woodlands

Family Fun at Piney Lakes Woodlands

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!

Frog Forage

Frog Forage

July 29, 2017 @ 6:00 pm8:00 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

Perth – Campaigns Night July 2017

Perth – Campaigns Night July 2017

July 27, 2017 @ 6:00 pm7:30 pm
2 Delhi St, West Perth WA 6005, Australia

Wilderness Society supporters are invited to attend our next Perth Campaigns Information Night on the 27th of July 2017.

At this special event, you will be given a deep insight into the Wilderness Society’s Kimberley and Great Western Woodlands campaigns. You will have the chance to co-create campaign tactics to engage your local community and achieve our shared campaign goals!

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a growing grassroots movement where your opinion and feedback is a crucial part of the campaign design process! It’s a great opportunity to get informed, add your ideas, get active and work with like-minded people who are passionate about conservation issues.

Food and drink will be provided on the night.

We look forward to seeing you there!

RSVP: http://wilderness.nationbuilder.com/perth_campaigns_night_july17

For more information contact: claire.mckinnon@wilderness.org.au or on 9420 7255

Environment House Workshops

Environment House Workshops

Getting Started in Permaculture

August 12, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Ever wanted to know more about permaculture but been to scared to ask? This short introduction to permaculture will inspire you to learn more, and who knows where that may lead!
Cost: $12
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/getting-started-in-permaculture-tickets-35565884518 

 

Pruning Fruit Trees

August 12, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

A workshop on the basics of pruning a range of fruit trees. This will be practical workshop with hands on demonstrations in our garden at Environment House. This workshop follows the Getting Started in Permaculture workshop with our Gardener John Yaxley.
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/pruning-fruit-trees-tickets-35566278697

All workshops held at Environment House, 125 King William St, Bayswater
http://www.envirohouse.org.au/view/events

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

Clean NRG ‘Solar Battery Storage Revolution’ Workshop

Clean NRG ‘Solar Battery Storage Revolution’ Workshop

Learn about the facts & figures, myths & milestones, from a Tesla Energy Authorised Reseller.

August 3, 2017 @ 6:00 pm7:00 pm
Wanneroo Library, 23 Dundebar Rd, Wanneroo

September 13, 2017 @ 6:00 pm7:00 pm
Armadale Library, Armadale Central Shopping Centre, Shop, 64/10 Orchard Ave, Armadale

Light refreshments provided.
Register via the website.
http://www.cleannrg.com.au/registration/

Swan Valley Happenings Events

Swan Valley Happenings Events

Edible weeds – eat em and beat em

August 27, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Swan Valley Gourmet Farm, 1056 Great Northern Hwy, Baskerville, Western Australia

Learn to identify, control and eat your weeds with Charles Otway from Terra Perma, a Permaculture business based in Perth. Charles is a passionate edible plant designer, full qualified trainer and experienced sustainability and food garden designer. He is well known to those interested in Permaculture.

Pricing:
Swan Valley Happenings financial members: $30.00
Non-members: $40.00
Workshop + membership: $55.00

 

Swap Shuffle Share

September 24, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
West Swan Hall, Lot 1 West Swan Rd, Henley Brook, Western Australia

Hate waste? Want to share seeds, plants, herbs, cuttings, excess produce, home-made stuff?

If that sounds like you, come along to the Swan Valley Swap Shuffle Share at 10am at West Swan Hall, opposite Mash Brewery, Henley Street and Park Street on the West side of the road.

We have heaps of fun – you can meet like-minded people and share a cuppa! Bring your travel mug, goodies to share and a smile! If you have nothing to bring, bring some morning tea. If your goodies aren’t taken, please take them home with you at the end.

 

Grafting and propagation

October 8, 2017 @ 10:00 am12:00 pm
West Swan Hall, Lot 1 West Swan Rd, Henley Brook, Western Australia

Ever wanted to graft your own plant? Grow your own rootstock? Create multi-grafted plants? Welcome to our grafting and propagation workshop, held on October 8, 2017 from 10am to 12pm at Tass 1 Trees. At this workshop, Joe Tassone will show you how simple grafting is with practice. Learn to do chip/bud, cleft and top grafts and discuss other grafting related issues.
Pricing:
Financial members: $25.00
Non-members: $30.00
Workshop + membership: $50.00

 

Boxed Green Workshops

Boxed Green Workshops

Secrets of Native Gardening

June 3, 2017 @ 9:30 am4:00 pm
Oakford WA 6121, Australia

July 1, 2017 @ 9:30 am4:00 pm
Woodlands WA 6018, Australia

September 2, 2017 @ 9:30 am4:00 pm
Oakford WA 6121, Australia

October 1, 2017 @ 9:30 am4:00 pm
Woodlands WA 6018, Australia

November 4, 2017 @ 9:30 am4:00 pm
Oakford WA 6121, Australia

December 2, 2017 @ 9:30 am4:00 pm
Woodlands WA 6018, Australia

In this great-value workshop we’ll show you how to create a beautiful, sustainable garden – without mulch, fertilizer, chemicals or irrigation.

Together, we explore the native gardening myths and build an understanding of how easy it can be, and the pitfalls to avoid. We’ll explain the importance of eco-gardening, and show you how to apply it. You’ll leave with your heart full of inspiration – and your hands full of native plants!

Once your booking is confirmed, we will be in touch to provide location details, specifics of your food requirements and everything you need to enjoy a great day with a wonderful group of fellow gardeners!

Topics covered include:
-Planting for long-term success
-Choosing the right plant for each location
-Increasing bird visits
-Reducing water needs (and turning off your irrigation!)
-Bringing life to difficult areas
-Having colour in your garden all year
-Bringing the joy back into gardening

Cost: $150

 

Introduction to Native Gardening

June 12, 2017 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm
Town of Cambridge, Cambridge, WA, Australia

June 24, 2017 @ 1:00 pm3:00 pm
Australian Native Nursery, 141 King Rd, Oakford WA 6121, Australia

Learn how to create a beautiful, water-wise garden with WA native plants suited to our ancient sandy soils. Bring your curiosity and ideas to a free 2 hour workshop near you. We’ll introduce you to a whole new way of thinking about native gardening, and a brilliant system to support home gardeners.

Workshop Points:
-How to use the sand you already have
-Benefits of West Australian plants
-How to identify what plants you need for your garden
-Bringing more life to every garden

Email support@boxedgreen.com.au to book your place.

Cost: Free

 

To reserve your place visit: http://boxedgreen.com.au/workshops/

 

BirdLife Western Australia Walks and Excursions

BirdLife Western Australia Walks and Excursions

Bird Walk, Little Rush Lake

July 6, 2017 @ 8:00 am11:00 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 am11:00 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

Transition Town Vincent Movie Night

Transition Town Vincent Movie Night

Trashed Film – Transition Town Movie Night

August 9, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Foyer Oxford, 196 Oxford St, Leederville WA 6007, Australia

Trashed is an environmental documentary film, written and directed by British film-maker Candida Brady. It follows actor Jeremy Irons as he investigates the global scale and impact of humanity’s modern wasteful consumerism and pollution. The film is a call for urgent action to resolve the issue of existing deposits and drastically reduce our consumption towards sustainable levels and zero waste, but also demonstrates how this is already being achieved successfully in many communities around the world.

Reserve your place now.

Doors open at 6.30pm. Films start at 7pm.
Bring your own food and non-alcoholic drinks!
Gold coin donations appreciated (to bring you more films).

 

Hills Food Share

Hills Food Share

Held every third Sunday of the month, 9-10am
M J Morgan Reserve, Railway Tce, Glen Forrest

Upcomiang dates:
Sunday August 20 @  9 – 10am
Sunday September 17 @ 9 – 10am

The Sharing Economy is alive in the Hills!
Bring your surplus garden produce: Fruit, Veggies, Plants, Cuttings, Seeds, even garden paraphernalia & books

Share what others bring… or just hang out & chat..
Eat really local food (talk to the person who grew it!)
Share cultivation & preparation tips
Come and be part of our growing community.

http://mt.org.au/?p=1083

Beyond Gardens Events

Beyond Gardens Events

Beyond Petrol – Electric Car Seminar

September 2, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Spearwood Public Library, 9 Coleville Crescent, Spearwood

September 14, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Town of Cambridge, 1 Bold Park Drive, Floreat

A special series of Beyond Petrol events proudly supported by the City of Cockburn, Town of Cambridge and the Australian Electric Vehicle Association (AEVA) WA branch. Our aim is to present a series of community seminars to inform, prepare and encourage the community to embrace the Electric Vehicle revolution. It is a lot closer than you think! Some estimates that Electric Cars will outsell Petrol cars by 2030. Seminars are full of humour as the Beyond Petrol Team highlight how the future of driving is electric.

Good for drivers and future drivers who are contemplating purchasing a vehicle in the near future. Our presenters are not sponsored by product manufacturers so workshop participants will receive unbiased advice.

Backed up with audiovisual presentations topics covered include:
-Overview of environmental impacts of fossil fuels used in vehicles.
-Overview of current state of play (national and international)
-Environmental/Social/Economic benefits associated with Electric Vehicles
-How electric vehicles work
-Near future innovations, in particular advancements in battery technology
-How far can they travel before recharging
-Current charging options (including grid and home based Photovoltaics)
-Future charging options including the recently announced South West Electric Highway.
-Outline features of current electric vehicles available
-Outline electric vehicles in the pipeline for release 2016/17 and beyond
-Incentives to reduce vehicle emissions
-Inspect a range of electric vehicles and talk to AEVA owners. Nothing better to inspire people than to be able to touch a real electric car and talk to its owner. (occurs at half time break which includes light refreshments)
-Q&A session
-Outline of resources, website links etc
…and much more…

Growing Bushfoods at Home Workshop

September 21, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Town of Cambridge, 1 Bold Park Drive, Floreat

Light refreshments are served at half time.
These workshops are FREE of charge, but you must register to attend.
http://www.beyondgardens.com.au/events.php

Ecoburbia Movies

Ecoburbia Movies

Ecoburbia Movie – SEED The Untold Story

August 4, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ecoburbia, 16 Livingstone Street, Beaconsfield, Western Australia

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.
SEED is Executive Produced by Academy Award Winning Actress Marisa Tomei, Marc Turtletaub (Little Miss Sunshine) and Phil Fairclough (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams).

This movie will be held at Ecoburbia – 16 Livingstone Street in Beaconsfield. We will be inside MORTUNG – our community space. There are some dining chairs available but feel free to bring a folding chair if you are more comfy – or some pillows for the floor.
We will not be sharing food over winter, but coffee and tea will be available from 7pm and we encourage you to stay and have a debrief after the movie. The movie will start at 7.30pm.

Please walk or come by bike. If you have to drive please park at the Primary School on Hale Road, not on Beard Street. See you at Ecoburbia!

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ecoburbia-movie-seed-the-untold-story-tickets-35717393686