Monthly Meetings

REMINDER: 14th June Monthly Meeting, 7.30pm by ZOOM – Register in advance using the Link below

Register: Please register anytime in advance of the meeting to receive the link for joining the Zoom session: click on the following link or copy this url into your browser: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEuduiopjojH9xweZUlDgh06dPitcOMOZ8h. We recommend joining the session 5 – 10 minutes before the meeting to avoid congestion at 7.30pm. Guest speaker: Dr Don Fletcher, an eminent […]

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Speaker: Dr Don Fletcher (Threatened Species Recovery Hub) “Citizen Science Unlocking the Natural History of Rosenberg’s Goanna”

Monthly Meeting:  Friday 14th June, 7.30pm by Zoom

The June meeting will be the first of our 3 winter meetings by Zoom for 2024, with our guest speaker being Dr Don Fletcher, an ecologist with the National Parks Association of the ACT. Don will describe a Citizen Science research project on Rosenberg’s Goanna (Varanus rosenbergi) in Namadgi National Park, ACT that has been

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Speaker: Dr Don Fletcher (Threatened Species Recovery Hub) “Citizen Science Unlocking the Natural History of Rosenberg’s Goanna”

Monthly Meeting:  Friday 10th May, 7.30pm, Uniting Church Fellowship Room, Lyttleton St.

Our guest speaker for May will be Dr Greg Moore, Senior Research Associate, School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, The University of Melbourne. Greg specialises in arboriculture.  He introduces his talk to us as follows: “Climate change will place new and extra demands on trees growing on both public and private land. There will be

Monthly Meeting:  Friday 10th May, 7.30pm, Uniting Church Fellowship Room, Lyttleton St. Read More »

Speaker: Dr Greg Moore (Uni Melbourne) “Native trees and their benefits during climate change”

Monthly Meeting:  Friday 12th April, 7.30pm, Uniting Church Fellowship Room, Lyttleton St.

Professor Tim Entwisle is an author, botanist and former director of botanic gardens in Melbourne, Sydney and London. He also lived for a few years at Yapeen and completed his final years of secondary school at Castlemaine High School. In 2022, Tim published a memoir called “Evergreen: the Botanical Life of a Plant Punk” (Thames

Monthly Meeting:  Friday 12th April, 7.30pm, Uniting Church Fellowship Room, Lyttleton St. Read More »

Speaker: Professor Tim Entwisle, “Evergreen and Entwisleia: a botanical life, and a seaweed”

AGM and Monthly Meeting:  Friday 8th March, 7.30 pm, Uniting Church Fellowship Room, Lyttleton St

The 2024 AGM will be held at 7.30pm before the usual monthly meeting on March 8th. The AGM agenda will include the Annual Report and the Treasurer’s Report for 2023, and the election of office bearers and committee members for 2024. All positions on the committee will be open, so you are strongly encouraged to

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Speaker: Trent Nelson (FFM, DEECA) “Cultural burning program in the Murray Goldfields district”

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

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

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

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

Monthly Meeting:  Friday 8th December, 7.30 pm, Uniting Church Fellowship Room, Lyttleton St

What was a highlight of your nature sightings this year?  Please share it with us at our end-of-year monthly meeting.  Do you have a photo, a video, a sound recording or just a story to tell.  Would you like to recite a poem or sing a song to capture your impressions of this year’s Field

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“Members Night!”

Monthly Meeting:  Friday 10th November, 7.30pm, Uniting Church Chapel, Lyttleton St.

The Central Victorian Biolinks Alliance’s vision is to restore and reconnect large landscapes across public and private land in Central Victoria to halt environmental and species decline. Partnerships with community environment groups extend from the Grampians across to the Australian Alps and from the Dividing Ranges to the Murray River. Executive Director Sophie Bickford will

Monthly Meeting:  Friday 10th November, 7.30pm, Uniting Church Chapel, Lyttleton St. Read More »

Speaker: Sophie Bickford, Central Victorian Biolinks Alliance, “Community-connected Conservation across Central Victoria”

Monthly Meeting:  Friday 13th October, 7.30pm, Uniting Church Fellowship Room, Lyttleton St.

The Gariwerd National Park is renowned for its significant diversity of fauna species – 50 species are classified as threatened, including the Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby. Introduced predators potentially have an enormous impact on the wildlife of the park. The Gariwerd Ark project aims to deliver predator animal control and reintroductions of native animals such as

Monthly Meeting:  Friday 13th October, 7.30pm, Uniting Church Fellowship Room, Lyttleton St. Read More »

Speaker: Kailee Savoia (Parks Victoria, Gariwerd), “Grampians/Gariwerd Ark – landscape scale predator control"

Monthly Meeting:  Friday 8th September, 7.30pm, Uniting Church Fellowship Room, Lyttleton St.

Combined Castlemaine Field Naturalist Club and BirdLife Castlemaine District annual presentation Going bush, watching and photographing birds and then making art about them, is talented local nature artist Jane Rusden’s idea of the perfect day. Jane will talk about her time in remote desert landscapes, namely Nature Foundation’s Witchelina Reserve in outback SA, studying and

Monthly Meeting:  Friday 8th September, 7.30pm, Uniting Church Fellowship Room, Lyttleton St. Read More »

Speaker: Jane Rusden, “Birding in SA Desert country”