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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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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.

Roger Farrow ‘Recovery of native vegetation from the recent catastrophic fires: a “remarkable” phenomenon or a natural response. The Nerriga experience.’ Thursday, 12 August 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

For many years Roger has studied the sandstone flora of Moreton National Park along the Nerriga Road with members of ANPS.  After the park was entirely burnt by the 2019-2020 fires, a unique opportunity arose to examine the regeneration of the vegetation, as there was great concern that some species could have been lost.

Bookings are essential because of the COVID-19 guidelines related to Thursday Talks and limited seating. 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 Leo Joseph ‘Australian bird names are all sorted out. Yes? No? Maybe?’ Thursday, 19 August 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

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 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 Justin Borevitz ‘Precision Landscape Regeneration’ Thursday, 26 August 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Justin, Professor, Research School of Biology Center of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, ANU, will introduce the components of precision landscape regeneration and the outsized role Australia can have in the world. Landscape Genomics methods in Eucalyptus foundation species re-build agro-ecosytems and boosting soil carbon with microbes and management. Integrating and scaling these land-based solutions can build planetary health and resilience.

Bookings are essential because of the COVID-19 guidelines related to Thursday Talks and limited seating. 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 Denis Saunders ‘A working life with Carnaby’s Cockatoo 1968 – 2021’ Thursday, 2 September 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Denis will talk about his research on Carnaby’s Cockatoo, which commenced in 1968 and continued until the present. 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 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.

Jo Harding and Dr Kate Grarock ‘Bush Blitz – 10 years old and going strong!’ Thursday, 9 September 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

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 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 Arnagretta Hunter ‘Climate change and our health and wellbeing’ Thursday, 16 September 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Black Summer 2019 / 2020 left many people in Canberra with personal insight into the health impacts of our changing climate.  This 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 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 Prame Chopra ‘Melting ice and rising seas; how much, how fast?' Thursday, 23 September 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

This talk 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 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.

Michael Mulvaney and Chris Davey ‘Gang Gang nesting ecology’ Thursday, 30 September 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Chris Davey and Michael Mulvaney will reveal how citizen science research by hundreds of Canberrans has contributed to the scientific and wider understanding of Gang Gang and how this research is to be continued with a focus on trying to answer why the Gang-Gang numbers have been stable but declined in other places.

Bookings are essential because of the COVID-19 guidelines related to Thursday Talks and limited seating. 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 Simon Haberle ‘What you never knew about poo!’ Thursday, 7 October 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

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 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 Stuart Rae ‘The Little Eagle – a botanical perspective’ Thursday, 14 October 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Stuart, a visitor at the Research School of Biology, ANU, has been studying Little Eagles in the Canberra area for the past three years as part of the Little Eagle Research Group, which has amassed a wealth of data on the breeding ecology and range of the eagle, and a botanical perspective helps explain the bird’s distribution.

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

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