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Brett McNamara ‘Life of a Rain Drop – Protecting the Cotter Catchment’ Thursday, 10 October 2019 - 12:30pm

Brett, Manager of Namadgi National Park, will talk on the emergence of the threat on Canberra’s principal water supply from feral horses, along with deer and noxious weeds.  Brett will provide context to the contemporary challenges confronted by land conservation managers as they manage the high county of the bush capital. 

48th Black Mountain spring wildflower ramble Saturday, 12 October 2019 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

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. Discover the surprising diversity of tiny orchids, bush peas, wattles and billy buttons on easy bush tracks with experienced guides and good company. All springs are not the same. The pattern remains but timing and abundance vary with the weather. Friends of Black Mountain welcomes all comers, be they experts or those who have never slowed down to see the somewhat cryptic diversity.

Professor Simon Haberle ‘The Wonders of Pollen: A Truly Canberra Perspective’ Thursday, 17 October 2019 - 12:30pm

Simon, from the ANU, will focus on the remarkable part pollen is playing in the science of food, health and history.  He will explore its use in the science of honey, allergy studies and the deep-time history of our environment – each told using examples of research from the Canberra region.

Dr Lydia Guja ‘The Seedy Side of Alpine Bogs and Fens’ Thursday, 24 October 2019 - 12:30pm

Lydia, Seed Conservation Biologist and Manager of the National Seed Bank, will speak on the conservation of endangered alpine bogs and fens, and share new results on research into seed dormancy and germination of bog and fen plants, highlighting the important role seeds play in ensuring the persistence of these communities.

Steven Petkovski and Natalie Schroeder ‘Palaeobotany in the Commonwealth Palaeontological Collection’ Thursday, 31 October 2019 - 12:30pm

Steve and Natalie, both from Geoscience Australia, will talk about the Commonwealth Palaeontological Collection at Geoscience Australia which contains over 45,000 published fossil specimens. The talk will provide: an overview of the collection; an introduction to palaeobotany and its importance; and information on the collection of Mary White.

Dr Marita Bradshaw ‘History of Australia in Seven Rocks’ Thursday, 7 November 2019 - 12:30pm

Maria, a leading petroleum geologist, will identify seven rocks that have had a wide-ranging and profound influence on Australian society, historical events and biology.  These include: the mineralization of Mount Isa; the Cretaceous shales of the former inland sea which gave us the Great Artesian Basin; and the Cenozoic limestones of the south coast.

Growing Friends 2019 Spring Plant Sale Saturday, 9 November 2019 - 8:30am to 11:00am

The Growing Friends Spring Sale will be held on Saturday, 9th November 2019.

Plants are propagated and tended by the Growing Friends from material sourced from the Gardens. All proceeds go to support the Gardens. Be early for the best selection.  A Plant List will be available on this website closer to the sale date.

When: Saturday, 9th November 2019
Time: 8.30 am – 11.00 am or earlier if sold out
Where: Small car park behind the Crosbie Morrison Centre, Australian National Botanic Gardens

Leah Dann ‘When Aliens Invade: The Impact of Invasive Species on Norfolk Island’s Native Vegetation’ Thursday, 14 November 2019 - 12:30pm

Leah, a PhD Student at the University of Queensland will discuss Norfolk Island’s vegetation and some major threats to native plant establishment, particularly the impact of invasive species such as rats and feral chickens.  Strategies to mitigate key threats and secure native vegetation communities are vital.

ANBG Friends Photographic Group - Exhibition Wednesday, 20 November 2019 - 9:30am to Sunday, 8 December 2019 - 4:30pm

The ANBG Friends Photographic Group's annual exhibition will be held from 20th  November 2019 to 8th December 2019

Dr Penny Olsen ‘Night Parrot the Bird and the Politics’ Thursday, 21 November 2019 - 12:30pm

Penny, an Honorary Professor at the ANU, will talk about the Night Parrot.  The first museum specimen of the Night Parrot was collected in 1845 but lay unrecognized until well into the 20th century.  Since then the parrot has continued to elude seekers, revealing itself only intermittently.  The recent discoveries of small populations in south-east Queensland and Western Australia, have heightened interest in the bird.