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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8th July, 7:30 by Zoom – The Old-growth Moss Forests of Antarctica – Dr Melinda Waterman

The lush moss beds that grow near East Antarctica’s coast are among the only plants that can withstand life on the frozen continent.

Because it contains the best moss beds on continental Antarctica, Casey Station is dubbed the ‘Daintree of the Antarctic’.  Individual plants have been growing here for at least 100 years, fertilised by ancient penguin poo. But our new research shows that these slow-growing plants are changing at a far faster rate than anticipated.  The healthy green …

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We Have Moved!

Our new website is now live.

All Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club members who receive emails from the club and those who have subscribed to our old website have been subscribed to our eNews on the New Website.  Subscribing to our eNews will keep you up-to-date with our activities.  We will not bombard you with emails but you will receive information about …

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Excursion – Sat 11 June 10am – 12:30pm

Cassia Read will lead us on a “Moss Foray” at Clinkers Hill

Cassia will take us for a slow walk in the Clinkers Bushland reserve and nearby, exploring the variety of moss species along the way.  She will give us clues for distinguishing mosses from lichens and point out the features useful for identification of different moss species including the habitat where they are growing. She will …

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Monthly Meeting: Friday 10th June, 7:30pm via Zoom 

Dr Scarlett Howard, Monash University. What’s on a bee’s mind?

Understanding the behaviours of native and introduced bees How do we ask a bee a question? Can you train a bee? What types of tasks can they solve? Can they acquire concepts? What is the limit of intelligence in a miniature brain? Scarlett will answer these questions and more using examples from the European honeybee …

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Great Southern Bioblitz 2022

Mark the date in your diary - 28-31 October, 2022!

Join the greatest Bioblitz event across the Southern Hemisphere and contribute to knowledge and documentation of the amazing diversity of flora and fauna in our region. Workshops and briefing sessions will be held closer to the time.