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

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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Leader:  Richard Piesse

Monthly Meeting:  Friday 11th November, 7.30 pm, Uniting Church Chapel (note change of room for this month), Lyttleton St

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

It’s on again: GSB22

Have fun, get out in the bush or wander around your garden and see what you can find. Take photos or sound recordings and load these observations into iNaturalist. When loading a sighting you should identify what you have seen to the best of your ability. Your identification need only be at the level of

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The Great Southern Bioblitz is on Friday 28th - Monday 31st October

CANCELLED: Monthly Meeting:  Friday 14th October, 7.30 pm – Georgie Custance “Monitoring Fryerstown Grevillea, a threatened species in our region”

Sadly due to flooding and road closures we have had to cancel tonight’s meeting and Saturday’s excursion. We plan to reschedule these important events in the new year.

CANCELLED: Monthly Meeting:  Friday 14th October, 7.30 pm – Georgie Custance “Monitoring Fryerstown Grevillea, a threatened species in our region” Read More »

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

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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Leader: Judy Hopley

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

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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Leaders: Geraldine Harris and Noel Young

Wednesday Wildflower Wander

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

ATTENTION – ATTENTION!  CHANGE TO SATURDAY 10th SEPTEMBER EXCURSION

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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Visit to Julie Radford’s orchid nursery and laboratory

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

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