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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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Dr Alicia Grealy ‘Eggshell Collection Genomics: Approaches and Applications to the Study of Australian Birds’ Thursday, 20 May 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

From her experience as a post-doctoral fellow at ANU, Alicia will talk about developing techniques that offer opportunities to examine how diversity has changed across time. She found that the study of museum eggshells is an untapped resource of genomic information for thousands of avian species including rare and extinct taxa.

Bookings will be essential because of our COVID-19 guidelines and limited seating. Click to book! Bookings are open from 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.

Doug Laing ‘Fall of the Warbler’ Thursday, 27 May 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Doug, a retired diplomat, will talk about the long migration of the sparrow-size wood warblers, many of which make a brief pit-stop to refuel in New York’s Central Park before continuing north. In May 2018 Doug was witness to this truly great spectacle. He will describe the experience, wonder at the drivers behind this migration, and look at some of the technology that is helping science better understand it.

Bookings will be essential because of our COVID-19 guidelines and limited seating. Click to book! Bookings are open from 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.

Dr Natasha Robinson ‘Reintroducing Bandicoots and Quolls to Booderee National Park’ Thursday, 3 June 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Natasha, is a Research Fellow with the National Environmental Science Program, Threatened Species Recovery Hub.  Natasha will talk about what mammal species have been reintroduced to Booderee National Park and what has been learnt so far regarding their ecology and threats to their survival.

Bookings will be essential because of our COVID-19 guidelines and limited seating. Click to book! Bookings are open from 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.

Dr Alexander Schmidt-Lebuhn ‘How phylogenies inform biocontrol research’ Thursday, 10 June 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Alexander, from CSIRO, will talk evolutionary relationships between native flora and invasive weed species to ensure the safety of biological control measures, particularly daisies, and an unexpected outcome. 

Bookings will be essential because of our COVID-19 guidelines and limited seating. Click to book! Bookings are open from 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.

Peter Coyne - ‘Australia’s Amazing Orchids’ Thursday, 17 June 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Peter will talk about what makes orchids so exceptional, our local orchids and growing orchids in Canberra.

Bookings will be essential because of our COVID-19 guidelines and limited seating. Click to book! Bookings are open from 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.

Leanne Wilkinson ‘Watery Goals and Our Way of Life’ Thursday, 24 June 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Leanne from the Department of Agriculture Water and the Environment will discuss how the UN Sustainable development goals affect us and why the protection of wetlands is essential to our continued well-being.

Bookings will be essential because of our COVID-19 guidelines and limited seating. Click to book! Bookings are open from 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.

Dr Bob Godfree ‘How Great Historical Droughts have Shaped Australia’ Thursday, 1 July 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Bob, a Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO, will talk about his research on the impact of great droughts on Australian people and landscapes, particularly the 1895-1903 Federation Drought.  Lessons learnt give key insights into the likely future of the Australian landscapes and society in coming decades of climate change.

Bookings will be essential because of our COVID-19 guidelines and limited seating. Click to book! Bookings are open from 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.

Peter Taylor ‘A re-examination of William Hann’s northern expedition of 1872 to Cape York Peninsula’ Thursday, 8 July 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Peter’s presentation will describe William Hann's Northern Expedition that set out to determine the mineral and agricultural potential of Cape York Peninsula and the critical role played by the indigenous guide.

Bookings will be essential because of our COVID-19 guidelines and limited seating. Click to book! Bookings are open from 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.

Dr Liz Truswell ‘One small tract of bushland in southwest WA and the fight for its preservation.’ Thursday, 15 July 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

In this talk Liz will outline something of the flora she saw in region of Karri forest in 2018-2019, and describe the Augusta community’s ongoing attempts to preserve a tract of near-pristine bushland.

Bookings will be essential because of our COVID-19 guidelines and limited seating. Click to book! Bookings are open from 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.

Emeritus Professor Patrick De Deckker '200 years of data for Lake George; facts, myths and legends’ Thursday, 22 July 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Patrick will discuss some of the myths and legends that are attributed to the lake, along with current suggestions for returning to original name, and the important relevance for lake level records in line with current climatic changes.

Bookings will be essential because of our COVID-19 guidelines and limited seating. Click to book! Bookings are open from 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.

Linda Groom ‘Threatened alpine species: an update on the campaign to save them from feral horses’ Thursday, 29 July 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Linda, a volunteer with Invasive Species Council’s Reclaim Kosci campaign, will talk about some of the Australian alpine plants threatened by feral horses and how those plants function as natural water managers. She will also provide an update on recent developments in the 'Reclaim Kosci' campaign. 

Bookings will be essential because of our COVID-19 guidelines and limited seating. Click to book! Bookings are open from 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.

Professor Andrew Cockburn ‘Love Life of Blue Wrens’ Thursday, 5 August 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Andrew is an Emeritus Professor at ANU where his research centres on the evolution of mating systems in birds. DNA fingerprinting of fairy wrens debunked the myth that these birds lived in faithful monogamous pairs. But why are the birds in declining numbers?

Bookings will be essential because of our COVID-19 guidelines and limited seating. Click to book! Bookings are open from 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.