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Dr Philip Spradbery ‘To breed or not to breed? How the European wasp queen suppresses her daughters’ reproduction' Thursday, 20 July 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Philip, a research entomologist, has been asking himself this question for twenty years.

Dr John Turnbull ‘Australian trees and their botanists’ Thursday, 27 July 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

John, retired CSIRO scientist and volunteer guide at ANBG, will discuss the association of Australian trees with overseas botanists and relate their amazing stories encompassing adventure, mystery, sex and even murder.

Angus Stewart ‘History of Australian Plant Breeding’ Thursday, 3 August 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Angus, an expert in Australian native plants and media personality, will talk about the history of Australian plant breeding and share his personal experience in breeding iconic kangaroo paws.

Dr Lydia Guja ‘News from the National Seedbank: from coast to desert’ Thursday, 10 August 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Lydia, manager of the National Seedbank at ANBG, will outline her work with Parks Australia, from Christmas and Cocos Keeling Islands in the west to Norfolk Island in the east, to Uluru-Kata Tjuta in between.

Max Bourke AM ‘Out of the Woods’ Thursday, 17 August 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Max, agricultural scientist and inveterate volunteer, will be talking about the early history of tree planting in Canberra and the planters themselves: Charles Weston, Max Jacobs and Lindsay Prior.

Dr Liz Trusswell ‘The woman who mapped the oceans’ Thursday, 24 August 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Liz, Visiting Fellow at ANU and practising artist, will describe how geologist/cartographer Marie Tharp, working with the artist Heinrich Berann, produced maps of the global sea floor that contributed significantly to the development of plate tectonics.

Geoffrey Kay ‘How the marbled gecko helps science reconnect fragmented farm landscapes' Thursday, 31 August 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Geoff, research ecologist at the Fenner School, ANU, examines how the quality of farming landscapes influence the movements of small ground-dwelling fauna, like reptiles.

46th Black Mountain spring wildflower ramble Saturday, 14 October 2017 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Saturday 14 October 2017 - 9.30am sharp to 12 noon or later
Meet at Belconnen Way entry just before Caswell Drive turnoff - watch for
balloons

Celebrate the spring flowering on beautiful Black Mountain with a social ramble for wildflower lovers in the tradition established by Nancy Burbidge, and continued by George Chippendale.

BYO morning tea, water, hat, sunblock and stout shoes.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL to ensure we have enough guides. Contact friendsofblackmountain@gmail.com   or Libby Viccars 6296 1936

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