Monthly Meeting:  Friday 9th February, 7.30pm, Uniting Church Fellowship Room, Lyttleton St.

Speaker: Nicole Kearney (Manager, Biodiversity Heritage Library Australia), “The Biodiversity Heritage Library: unlocking the foundation of the world's biodiversity knowledge”

The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is the world’s largest virtual library of biodiversity literature and archival material, all freely accessible and discoverable online.

Nicole Kearney manages the Australian branch of the BHL. In 2023, BHL Australia received a grant from the Public Record Office Victoria to include the publications of Victoria’s Field Naturalist Clubs in this global online resource. The Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club is a part of this project and digitisation of all our newsletters for the BHL is underway. This talk will introduce the BHL and share the progress of its “Capturing the history of Victoria’s Field Naturalists” project thus far.

Nicole is passionate about open access and the importance of historic literature in our understanding of how biodiversity has changed over time.

Observations: Members and visitors are invited to share their interesting observations at the meeting. Please email any photos to illustrate your report as JPEG file(s) to Euan Moore ( by noon on the day of the meeting.