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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.

Lunchtime talks are held at 12.30pm every Thursday from February to November in the Gardens’ Theatrette. Talks last for 1 hour. Admission is by gold coin donation. There is no need to book. Some other events do require booking – please see individual items.

The ANBG Theatrette has a capacity of 90 seats. To avoid a breach of fire regulations, event organisers will monitor numbers and decline entry once all seats have been filled. We recommend that audience members arrive early to secure a seat.

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Event title Date Details
Associate Professor Mark Lintermans ‘Stairway to heaven or highway to hell: the road for threatened freshwater fish recovery in Australia’ Thursday, 3 May 2018 - 12:30pm

A major focus of the talk will be the Murrumbidgee and Cotter Catchments and the suite of threatened fish species that live there including Macquarie Perch, Trout Cod, Two-spined Blackfish and Murray River Crayfish.

Dr Brian Cooke ‘Effects of pastoralism and rabbits on the economy and culture of the Diyari People in north-east South Australia’ Thursday, 10 May 2018 - 12:30pm

European rabbits damaged not only agriculture and the environment but might have also destroyed the economy and culture of Aboriginal people so closely associated with the plants and animals that sustained them.  Information from explorers’ journals and Lutheran missionaries in north-eastern South Australia provide new insights

Dr Lizzie Wandrag ‘The impact of bird loss on tropical forests: a case study from Guam’ Thursday, 17 May 2018 - 12:30pm

Lizzie will illustrate how the introduction of the brown tree snake has wiped out the entire avifauna of the Pacific island of Guam.  The talk will explore what this means for forests on the island and will compare what is happening on Guam with adjacent islands.

Jason Mundy ‘Australian Marine Parks: The world’s largest representative network’ Thursday, 24 May 2018 - 12:30pm

This talk will focus on recent developments in the creation of new management plans for 44 marine parks around Australia and steps to implement them

Professor Robert Magrath ‘Alarm calls and eavesdropping in wild bird populations’ Thursday, 31 May 2018 - 12:30pm

Robert, will discuss how many birds give alarm calls to warn members of their own species about danger, but other species often listen in on these calls.  The talk will provide an overview of work focusing on common birds living in the Botanic Gardens

Dr Ann Moyal ‘Robert Brown in Australia’ Thursday, 7 June 2018 - 12:30pm

Ann, an historian, will talk on Robert Brown who spent nearly four years in ‘New Holland’ from 1801-04.  He gathered an immense collection of plants that laid the foundation of Australian botanical knowledge, and revitalized botanical science internationally

Max Bourke ‘Kipos or paradeisos?’ Thursday, 14 June 2018 - 12:30pm

Max will illustrate how dry gardens of Greek Islands have given us a legacy of valuable foods but also some invasive species

Dr Ceridwen (Crid) Fraser ‘Dispersal and disturbance shape global patterns of biodiversity’ Thursday, 21 June 2018 - 12:30pm

Crid will give an overview of how dispersal and disturbance interact to structure spatial patterns of biodiversity and will focus on research on diverse Southern Hemisphere systems including shallow water marine communities in the sub-Antarctic.

Honorary Professor Penny Olsen ‘Indigenous Australians early contributions to zoology’ Thursday, 28 June 2018 - 12:30pm

It is well known that indigenous Australians often acted as guides to European expeditions.  Much less recognized is that they also played a vital role in the scientific discovery and description of the continent’s unusual flora and fauna and understanding of its biology and ecology.

Brett McNamara ‘The art of community engagement in our parks’ Thursday, 5 July 2018 - 12:30pm

Join Brett, Manager of Namadgi National Park, in looking at more than ten years of artists and craft practitioners immersing themselves in the heart of the Park, drawing inspiration from their surroundings.  The talk will focus on their professional and personal journeys.