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Dr Linda Broadhurst ‘Connecting Indigenous and Scientific Plant Names’ Thursday, 6 June 2019 - 12:30pm

Linda, from CSIRO, will discuss a proposal to co-develop processes and practices with Indigenous communities to connect Indigenous and scientific plant names to improve the conservation and management of our Australian flora.


Robert Spiers ‘Conservation of the Pink-tailed Worm-lizard Aprasia parapulchella at Googong’ Thursday, 13 June 2019 - 12:30pm

Robert, Capital Ecology’s principal ecologist, will talk about this lizard that lives in ant galleries under small surface volcanic rocks in our region.  Much of the species’ habitat is being destroyed or modified by agriculture and urban development leading to its decline and its listing as ‘vulnerable’.

Dr Stephen Utick ‘National and International Focus on Conserving Camellia Collections’ Thursday, 20 June 2019 - 12:30pm

Stephen is a recognised world expert on Camellias.  While not endemic to Australia, the genus Camellia is of immense horticultural and cultural significance internationally.  This presentation will examine initiatives in Australia and internationally to conserve rare and endangered cultivars, with a special emphasis on the work of Camellia Ark Australia.

Sharon Field ‘Monaro Runes: an Artist’s Response to Dieback on the Monaro’ Thursday, 27 June 2019 - 12:30pm

Sharon, a renowned botanic artist will discuss how the impact of dieback on Eucalyptus viminalis in the Monaro region has been widespread and dramatic.  Sharon will tell the story of a visual artist’s response to dieback.

Dr Graeme Worboys ‘Flinders Ranges Geo-heritage: Potential World Heritage’ Thursday, 4 July 2019 - 12:30pm

Graeme, from the ANU, will present the core Outstanding Universal Value narrative for the Flinders Ranges that will help to underpin a World’s Heritage nomination under Criteria (viii) geological phenomena.  His presentation will present ancient climates and four attempts at the emergence of animal life on Earth.

Geoffrey Dabb ‘Nine Interesting Canberra Birds’ Thursday, 11 July 2019 - 12:30pm

Geoffrey, a lifelong birdwatcher, will present an illustrative talk, that will concentrate on nine species of birds that have a particular connection with Canberra.  Three of the birds are residents, three are migrants, and three come and go, to some extent, throughout the year.  There are different views on what birds are migrants and what are notable

Dr Ben Walcott ‘Garden Design with Native Plants’ Thursday, 18 July 2019 - 12:30pm

Ben will talk about garden design using native plants including some well-known native gardens.

Brendan Lepschi ‘Your Time Would Be Better Spent Digging Holes – Taxonomy, Plant Names and Why Nothing Ever Stays the Same’ Thursday, 25 July 2019 - 12:30pm

Brendan, Curator at the Australian National Herbarium, will discuss some of the reasons plant names change and outline the principles of botanical nomenclature and the rules governing it, using members of the iconic Australian family Goodeniaceae as an example.

Guided Walk - Mosses, Lichens, Fungi and Plants in the Days of Dinosaurs Sunday, 28 July 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

About 50  million years ago,  Australia was part of Gondwana, a supercontinent in the southern hemisphere.  Dinosaurs roamed this great landmass.  Join Volunteer Guide Linda Beveridge on this one hour guided walk through the ANBG discovering the plants that are similar to those the dinosaurs would have been familiar with.

Please note that this walk is also open to the general public and that numbers are limited.

Dr Jane Roberts ‘Value of Wetlands and Swamps’ Thursday, 1 August 2019 - 12:30pm

Jane, a wetland ecologist, will talk about wetlands, and how they are currently of scientific interest for their role in carbon storage, but that has not always been how they have been valued.  An historical perspective of wetland values and their changes say more about human society than about wetlands.