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Here you will find a calendar of Friends’ activities in the Gardens including lunchtime talks, social events, exhibitions and the ever-popular spring and autumn plant sales. In addition to events arranged by the Friends, we include some events arranged by the Gardens and by other organisations. A full list of events arranged by the Gardens is in their What's On webpage.

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Event title Date Details
Dr Penny Olsen 'The Norfolk Island Morepork: rebuilding a population from the last survivor’ - POSTPONED Thursday, 3 February 2022 - 12:30pm

Penny, is an Honorary Professor in Division of Ecology and Evolution, ANU.  In 1986 she organised a group to visit Norfolk Island and conduct a search for the Morepork. But what do you do with only one owl?  A recovery program began and today a small population persists.

This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette. Bookings are essential because of the COVID-19 guidelines related to Thursday Talks and limited seating. Tickets are free.

Unfortunately, the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has made it necessary to postpone all February Thursday Talks. A new date will be announced.

Black Mountain Weeding Work Party Saturday, 5 February 2022 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Meet:  Caswell Drive entry on the mountain side.  Drive from Belconnen Way southwards along Caswell Drive towards Glenloch Interchange, Woden, or Tuggeranong. Note the yellow diamond shape advisory sign showing access road on left (mountain side) and the blue and white “P” sign for parking. Pull into the carpark carefully.  Look for banners.
Wear:  hat, sunscreen, long-sleeved shirt, long pants, gloves, stout shoes
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).

Dr Sophie Lewis ‘Climate change and Australia’s extreme events.’ - POSTPONED Thursday, 10 February 2022 - 12:30pm

Sophie, ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, will discuss human influences on past, present and future extreme climate events in Australia. Are our recent extremes a sign of a new normal and how bad could it get?

Bookings are essential because of the COVID-19 guidelines related to Thursday Talks and limited seating. 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.

Unfortunately, the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has made it necessary to postpone all February Thursday Talks. A new date will be announced.

Con Boekel ‘Local extinctions of birds from Canberra's inner north nature reserves’ - POSTPONED Thursday, 17 February 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 are essential because of the COVID-19 guidelines related to Thursday Talks and limited seating. 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.

Unfortunately, the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has made it necessary to postpone all February Thursday Talks. A new date will be announced.

Professor Justin Borevitz ‘Precision Landscape Regeneration’ - POSTPONED Thursday, 24 February 2022 - 12:30pm

Justin, from Research School of Biology, ANU, will introduce precision landscape regeneration, including methods in Eucalyptus foundation species to re-build agro-ecosystems, methods for boosting soil carbon with microbes and management, and the outsized role Australia can have for world’s planetary health and resilience.

Bookings are essential because of the COVID-19 guidelines related to Thursday Talks and limited seating. 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.

Unfortunately, the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has made it necessary to postpone all February Thursday Talks. A new date will be announced.

Dr Denis Saunders AM ‘A working life with Carnaby’s Cockatoo 1968 – 2021’ Thursday, 3 March 2022 - 12:30pm

Denis will talk about his research on Carnaby’s Cockatoo. Classified as “vermin” in 1968, this magnificent species was reclassified in the 1980s as endangered by the WA and Commonwealth governments, and internationally. He will provide results of a study of one breeding population from 1969 to 2020.

Bookings are essential because of the COVID-19 guidelines related to Thursday Talks and limited seating. 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/BWZJL

Dr Leo Joseph ‘Australian bird names are all sorted out. Yes? No? Maybe?’ Thursday, 10 March 2022 - 12:30pm

Leo, Director of the Australian National Wildlife Collection, CSIRO, will focus on birds from northern Australia to show where knowledge of the names we need to apply to birds still needs a lot more work.  Examples from lorikeets, friarbirds, orioles, quail-thrush, whipbirds, black-cockatoos, pigeons and maybe a few more!

Bookings are essential because of the COVID-19 guidelines related to Thursday Talks and limited seating. 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/BWZJR

Jo Harding and Kate Grarock ‘Bush Blitz – 11 years old and going strong!’ Thursday, 17 March 2022 - 12:30pm

Jo and Kate from Bush Blitz, will describe how Bush Blitz has been discovering more than 1700 new species since 2010, across 41 expeditions, including a voyage on RV Investigator. They also engage with land managers, traditional owners, teachers and students.

Bookings are essential because of the COVID-19 guidelines related to Thursday Talks and limited seating. 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/BWZJT

Dr Arnagretta Hunter ‘Climate change and our health and wellbeing’ Thursday, 24 March 2022 - 12:30pm

Black Summer 2019 / 2020 left many people in Canberra with personal insight into the health impacts of our changing climate. Arnagretta is Human Futures Fellow, ANU, and a Senior Lecturer in the Rural Clinical School at ANU Medical School. Her discussion will explore both the health impacts of climate change and the health benefits of our natural environment.

Bookings are essential because of the COVID-19 guidelines related to Thursday Talks and limited seating. 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/BWZJV

Dr Prame Chopra ‘Melting ice and rising seas; how much, how fast?' Thursday, 31 March 2022 - 12:30pm

Prame, formerly of ANU, will discuss the uncertainties in the future paths of ice volume and sea level, the machinations of the imperfect Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the likely consequences for us all.

Bookings are essential because of the COVID-19 guidelines related to Thursday Talks and limited seating. 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/BWZJY

Geoffrey Dabb 'The Strange Story of Ellis Rowan's Bird of Paradise Pictures' Thursday, 7 April 2022 - 12:30pm

To mark the centenary of Ellis Rowan’s death, Geoffrey, a long-time bird observer and photographer, has investigated the last years of this famous flower painter’s life when she made and exhibited pictures of various species of birds of paradise, which are held in the National Library of Australia.

Bookings are essential because of the COVID-19 guidelines related to Thursday Talks and limited seating. 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/BWZKF

Professor Simon Haberle ‘What you never knew about poo!’ Thursday, 14 April 2022 - 12:30pm

Simon, who is Director, School of Culture, History & Language, will tell the fascinating story of tiny fungi that live on dung and what they tell us about giant animals that roamed the earth.

Bookings are essential because of the COVID-19 guidelines related to Thursday Talks and limited seating. 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/BWZKL

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