Wednesday Wildflower Wander, 21st September, 4pm, Boundary Road, Walmer State Forest

Leaders: Geraldine Harris and Noel Young

This year is proving to be an excellent year for wildflowers in our region including some special displays of native orchids seen on our first two wildflower wanders this month. Our third wildflower wander is on 21st September, when we will wander along Boundary Road and adjacent bushland in the Walmer State Forest.    Meet: …

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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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ATTENTION – ATTENTION!  CHANGE TO SATURDAY 10th SEPTEMBER EXCURSION

Visit to Julie Radford’s orchid nursery and laboratory

Due to the weather conditions, instead of exploring The Monk with orchid expert Julie Radford we will be visiting her laboratory and nursery in Kangaroo Flat. This is a unique opportunity to see the work Julie is doing propagating rare spider orchids in order to re-plant them in the wild and thus help conserve them. …

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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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Monthly Meeting: Friday 12 August, 7.30pm by Zoom

Speaker: Tanya Loos, Nature writer and science communicator  “Window strike: when birds hit windows” Combined meeting with Birdlife Castlemaine District Window strike is a huge problem for common birds – as well as threatened species such as the Swift Parrot and Powerful Owl.  Many of us have had the unfortunate experience of a thud or even a crash …

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Excursion: Saturday 13th August, 1.30 pm “Eureka Reef”

Leaders:  Marli Wallace & Noel Young Wildflowers, birds, aboriginal and mining history.  This was a significant place for the Dja Dja Wurrung people before becoming a major gold mining area. Twenty one sites around the 1.8 km circuit track (a bit rough in places – walking pole useful) will be described, with wildflowers, regrown woodland …

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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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