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ANBG Friends Photographic Group - Monthly meeting Friday, 26 May 2017 - 10:30am

Speaker for the May meeting is Photographic Group member and Guide Pam Rooney. Pam will give a presentation on ‘Ordering the chaos: elements of design in photography’ which will include design, composition, colour and framing. There will also be a 'Show and Tell' segment where members have the opportunity to show their recent photographs.

The meeting will take place in the ANBG Theatrette.
Dr Brian Cooke ‘Galapagos: the continuing battle against invaders’ Thursday, 25 May 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Brian, retired CSIRO scientist, recalls his time as resident scientist at the Charles Darwin Research Station on the island of Santa Cruz.

Doug Laing “A Stroll on Table Mountain” Thursday, 18 May 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Doug will take the audience for a sunny January morning stroll on the slopes of Table Mountain in summer bloom. This special place, part of the wider Cape Floral Kingdom, has  fascinating parallels and equally fascinating differences with  the Australian flora, particularly that of southwestern Australia. Some of these will be discussed in this talk, especially as they relate to the interaction between birds and plants in the two regions”.

Public Forum on 'Putting food on the plate for 9.7 billion: Challenges and Solutions' Wednesday, 17 May 2017 - 5:30pm to 6:45pm

Food is one of those things that we can’t simply avoid thinking about every day of our lives, but what about the future? What are we doing now to make food crops more productive and sustainable to ensure there is enough food for the 795 million people who go hungry today and the additional two billion we are expecting by 2050?

In this forum, internationally recognised researchers in the areas of plant science, development, agriculture and public policy will discuss the challenges and potential solutions needed to secure a future with food for everyone.

John Blay ‘Engaging with wilderness of the coastal ranges; strange plants, yowies and the old ways’ Thursday, 11 May 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

In 1981 John Blay was awarded the Parks Writers Award to spend 12 months by himself in the wild country between Araluen and Bemboka. It confirmed ongoing researches into south-eastern Australia's forests, settlers and Aboriginal people that have resulted in projects such as the Bundian Way, an ancient pathway between Kosciuszko and Twofold Bay.

John is a writer, naturalist and walker. The author of ‘On Track’ and ‘Back Country’ reflects on how walking changes your relationship to the countryside.

Professor Geoffrey Hope ‘How have our mountain peatlands withstood fire over time?’ Thursday, 4 May 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Geoffrey, Visiting Fellow in the Fenner School, ANU, will discuss the vulnerability of peatlands in the Australian Alps.

Bogs and fens in Namadgi are a startling contrast to the water-limited slope vegetation of our region, staying green and luxuriant when grasslands and woodlands brown off each summer. Carbon dating shows that some bogs have been around for more than 15,000 years and during that time there have been changes in vegetation and fire regime that reflect changing climates and perhaps human use. Although threatened by climate change, the swamps have shown high resilience in the face of changing environments and large fires.

ANBG Friends Plant Science Group - Technical Talk Monday, 1 May 2017 - 10:30am

All things Pelargonium - genetic variation and evolution in South African and Australian Pelargonium.

Dr Caroline Chong, currently Research Technician with the ANBG's Seed Bank, will share some of her recent research to capture and document population-level variation using South African and Australian Pelargonium as the example. The meeting will take place in the ANBG Theatrette.

ANBG Friends Photographic Group - Monthly meeting Friday, 28 April 2017 - 10:30am
Speakers for the April meeting are Photographic Group Convenor David Cox and Committee Member Bill Hall, who will give a combined presentation on Macro Photography. There will also be a 'Show and Tell' segment where members have the opportunity to show their recent photographs.
The meeting will take place in the ANBG Theatrette.
Genevieve Jacobs ‘Japanese Gardens: an exercise in beauty, restraint and imperfection.’ Thursday, 27 April 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Japan’s national aesthetic has its foundations in nature, a deep connection that extends from its earliest history to the present day. Classical Japanese gardens are exercises in beauty, restraint and an embodiment of cultural beliefs about the passing nature of time, and the beauty of imperfection. 21st century gardens play with and expand on these ideas to make strikingly beautiful gardens that are also works of art.

Dr Roslyn Russell ‘Partners in the ‘Business of Nature’: John and Elizabeth Gould.’ Thursday, 20 April 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

For eleven years between 1829 and Elizabeth Gould's untimely death in 1841, she and her husband John worked together to document and illustrate bird and mammal species across several regions of the world. In 1838 they began a two-year visit to Australia, where John documented its fauna while Elizabeth drew sketches, including some of native vegetation to serve as settings for the illustrations of birds and animals that would be produced as lithographic prints and ultimately published as The Birds of Australia and The Mammals of Australia.