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Ancient Plants and Animals Wednesday, 20 July 2022 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

A look at the impact of geological change on Australia’s plants and animals. Join a free guided walk to see what the vegetation was like in the ages of dinosaurs and of the megafauna and how it has changed over time. Daily from Monday July 18th to Sunday July 24th 11am-12 noon. Meet at the clock near the bridge. No booking required for individuals, but groups of seven or more people should contact walks@friendsanbg.org.au a week before the planned walk.

Ancient Plants and Animals Tuesday, 19 July 2022 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

A look at the impact of geological change on Australia’s plants and animals. Join a free guided walk to see what the vegetation was like in the ages of dinosaurs and of the megafauna and how it has changed over time. Daily from Monday July 18th to Sunday July 24th 11am-12 noon. Meet at the clock near the bridge. No booking required for individuals, but groups of seven or more people should contact walks@friendsanbg.org.au a week before the planned walk.

Ancient Plants and Animals Monday, 18 July 2022 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

A look at the impact of geological change on Australia’s plants and animals. Join a free guided walk to see what the vegetation was like in the ages of dinosaurs and of the megafauna and how it has changed over time. Daily from Monday July 18th to Sunday July 24th 11am-12 noon. Meet at the clock near the bridge. No booking required for individuals, but groups of seven or more people should contact walks@friendsanbg.org.au a week before the planned walk.

LATE UPDATE! Dr Roger Farrow ‘How Insect pollinators have driven the evolution of flower structure and function in the Angiosperms’ Thursday, 14 July 2022 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Roger will trace the origins of insect pollinators among the gymnosperms and through the rise of the flowering plants to their diversity at the present day, and how the pollinators have affected the diversity of flower structure and function among modern plant families.

Bookings will open Friday before the talk until Wednesday night or until seating limits are reached. (Tickets are Free) This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette.  Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/BYPQV

Special talk - Dr Lyndall Dawson 'The bigger the better: was this true for the marsupial megafauna?' Tuesday, 12 July 2022 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Lyndall, palaeontologist and author, will talk about ecological advantages that very large marsupial species may have had during the Pleistocene, and unravel the disadvantages that such a large size may have been when humans came to share their land.  Location ANBG Theatrette, Seat reservation: https://www.trybooking.com/CAPZY  Tickets are free, but a donation on entry is greatly appreciated. All donations go to assist the Gardens.

Plant Science Group - July Talk - Ex situ conservation of a critically endangered fern Monday, 11 July 2022 - 10:30am to 11:30am

There will be a Plant Science Group talk on Monday 11th July in the Theatrette at the ANBG.  The Speaker is Joe McAuliffe (ANBG Nursery Manager), Topic Ex situ conservation of a critically endangered fern, Outline This presentation will discuss the ex situ conservation of the critically endangered Dales Waterfall Fern, Pneumatopteris truncata, through a partnership between the ANBG, including the National Seed Bank and Nursery, and Christmas Island National Park. In Australia, this species is restricted to Christmas Island, where fewer than 50 plants are known to occur. This collaborative project has successfully established an ex situ ‘insurance’ collection of the Dales Waterfall Fern through targeted germplasm collecting, banking and propagation.

Con Boekel ‘Local extinctions of birds from Canberra's inner north nature reserves’ Thursday, 7 July 2022 - 12:30pm

Con, formerly of the environment department and now a citizen scientist since retirement, studied the patterns of occurrence of six woodland species in 16 inner north natural and semi-natural fragments. He will present the study findings and discuss some implications for the urbanization of the Lower Molonglo.

Bookings will open Friday before the talk until Wednesday night or until seating limits are reached. (Tickets are Free) This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette.  Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/BYPQO

Black Mountain Weeding Work Party Saturday, 2 July 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Our next weeding work party is planning to remove more creepers from the areas close to the Frith Road entrance to the reserve. 
Meet:  Frith Road, Acton. Park along the CSIRO side of the road, please. Look for banner(s)Bring:   Other friends if you wish, as everyone is welcome.  Wear:  hat, sunscreen, long-sleeved shirt, long pants, gloves, stout shoes.  We shall break for delicious morning tea at about 10:30am.
Please book: if you are planning to come, please email your name and phone number to friendsofblackmountain@gmail.com or phone 0437 298 711.  This complies with COVID-19 requirements, and helps us to let you know if arrangements need to change at the last minute (for example, adverse weather conditions).

Special talk - Dr Judith Field ‘Last of Megafauna? Unravelling the debates around the Late Pleistocene Faunal Extinctions' Friday, 1 July 2022 - 12:30pm

Associate Professor Judith Field, from University of NSW, will look at some of these animals individually to better understand their behaviour, diets and their place in the Australian environment and discuss why they may have been susceptible to a changing landscape climate - and possibly a new predator.

Dr Liz Truswell ‘Banksia: the fossil history of an iconic genus’ Thursday, 30 June 2022 - 12:30pm

Liz, formerly a Chief Research Scientist with Geoscience Australia, will reflect on the long fossil history of Banksia, showing they are of greater antiquity than formerly imagined, and their suite of features in increasingly challenging climatic environments.

Bookings will open Friday before the talk until Wednesday night or until seating limits are reached. (Tickets are Free) This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette.  Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/BYPQK

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