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

Members Night!

Your turn! A chance for you to share your interesting nature sightings and stories from the year. You can show photos, a video or a short power-point presentation, recite a poem or sing a song. An informal but informative and entertaining evening. Please email your photos to Euan Moore at calamanthus5@bigpond.com by noon on the …

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Excursion: Saturday 12th November, 1.30 pm
“Fryers Ridge”

Leader:  Richard Piesse

It has been a wonderful season for the wildflowers in our area.  With Fryers Ridge being somewhat higher and cooler than other areas we explored during the September Wildflower Wanders, this walk will give us the chance to enjoy the later flowering species under the guidance of our expert member Richard Piesse.  Meet: 1.30 pm …

Excursion: Saturday 12th November, 1.30 pm
“Fryers Ridge”
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Monthly Meeting:  Friday 11th November, 7.30 pm, Uniting Church Chapel (note change of room for this month), Lyttleton St

Speaker: Dr Christina McCowan (University of Melbourne) “Mycobacterium ulcerans (Buruli ulcer) in our native mammals in the wild”

Mycobacterium ulcerans is a bacterium causing ulcerative skin disease (Buruli ulcer) in humans and animals, mainly in tropical regions, particularly in West Africa. However, the organism was first isolated and described in Gippsland, Victoria, and became known here as Bairnsdale ulcer. Clinical disease continues to occur in some coastal regions as far west as Barwon …

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Wednesday Wildflower Wander 28th September, 4pm, Sinclairs Lane, Walmer

Leader: Judy Hopley

Continuing our enjoyable Wildflower Wanders this year, this week we will explore the bushland along Sinclairs Lane and Donkey Farm Lane. A highlight will be the rare Small-flowered Grevillea, Grevillea micrantha, accompanied by displays of native orchids, Bendigo Wax and Tetratheca. Meet: at the Octopus (opposite the motel in Duke St) OR at the corner …

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Wednesday Wildflower Wander

14th September, 4pm, Kalimna Park Leaders: Euan Moore and Jenny Rolland

Our first Wildflower Wander for the year on 7th September along Youngman’s Track did not disappoint with several native orchids and other impressive wildflower displays. The plant list with some beautiful photos will be in the next ‘Castlemaine Naturalist’. For our second wildflower wander on 14th September, we will wander along tracks in Kalimna Park …

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

Speaker: Nicholas Carter (Deakin University) “Powerful Owl Ecology – comparison of rural and forested environments”

Deakin University’s Powerful Owl Research Team have been involved with Powerful Owls for over 20 years. At the core, the research aims to understand how increased urbanisation and landscape modification impacts this threatened apex predator, whilst also identifying solutions that can contribute to the conservation of the species. PhD student Nick Carter will describe how …

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Wednesday Wildflower Wanders

Wednesday 7th September:  Youngman’s Track led by Peter and Rosemary Turner

During September each year, when so many the local plants in the Box-Ironbark woodlands of our region are flowering, we arrange late afternoon excursions on Wednesdays to nearby sites to enjoy the wildflowers.  Meet: at the Octopus (opposite the motel in Duke St) ready to leave at 4 pm, returning by about 5.30 pm. Bring: …

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Excursion – Sat 9 July, 1:30 pm

Muckleford Forest and the Red White & Blue Mine : Leaders: Peter and Rosemary Turner

Starting from the junction of Muckleford School Road and Bells Lane Track, we will drive along Talbot, Dunns Reef and Red White and Blue Tracks, with stops along the way to enjoy the birds, wildflowers and trees of the forest and to view old mining sites.  We will then drive along Bells Lane Track to …

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