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Black Mountain Summit Ramble - afternoon walk Saturday, 24 July 2021 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm

Join our ANBG Guides, and FoBM guide Michael Doherty, a local plant ecologist, to hear about some of the winter flowering plants in the gardens and on the mountain as well as other plants during a ramble up the north-eastern slopes from the clock near the ANBG entry bridge up to the Summit of Black Mountain. Michael will also be talking about some very old trees (with ‘elephants’ feet’?), and how trees and shrubs that show scars and rejuvenation cope with fire.

The Summit Walk has steep sections, so it is suitable for fit walkers (including children over the age of 12).

Meet at the clock near the entry bridge, Australian National Botanic Gardens.
Cost     Gold coins donation      
Bring    Friends, water, and snacks, if you wish.                           
Wear sturdy shoes, hat, and sun cream …and remember winter woollies in case it is cold.

Bookings essential - Places are limited on these very popular rambles, so please email your name and phone number and whether you wish to attend the morning or afternoon walk to friendsofblackmountain@gmail.com, or phone Julie (6251 8972) or Linda (0437 298 711). It helps meet COVID – 19 requirements, and so you can be contacted in case arrangements need to change (e.g. adverse weather).

Black Mountain Summit Ramble - morning walk Saturday, 24 July 2021 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Join our ANBG Guides, and FoBM guide Michael Doherty, a local plant ecologist, to hear about some of the winter flowering plants in the gardens and on the mountain as well as other plants during a ramble up the north-eastern slopes from the clock near the ANBG entry bridge up to the Summit of Black Mountain. Michael will also be talking about some very old trees (with ‘elephants’ feet’?), and how trees and shrubs that show scars and rejuvenation cope with fire.

The Summit Walk has steep sections, so it is suitable for fit walkers (including children over the age of 12).

Meet at the clock near the entry bridge, Australian National Botanic Gardens.
Cost     Gold coins donation      
Bring    Friends, water, and snacks, if you wish.                           
Wear sturdy shoes, hat, and sun cream …and remember winter woollies in case it is cold.

Bookings essential - Places are limited on these very popular rambles, so please email your name and phone number and whether you wish to attend the morning or afternoon walk to friendsofblackmountain@gmail.com, or phone Julie (6251 8972) or Linda (0437 298 711). It helps meet COVID – 19 requirements, and so you can be contacted in case arrangements need to change (e.g. adverse weather).

Dr Natasha Robinson ‘Reintroducing Bandicoots and Quolls to Booderee National Park’ Thursday, 22 July 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

[Date changed] 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 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.

Ancient Plants and Animals - free guided walks Monday, 12 July 2021 - 11:00am to Sunday, 18 July 2021 - 2:00pm

Each month for the rest of this year, the Volunteer Guides will be dedicating a week to special themes. As well as their regular morning walks, they will conduct additional afternoon walks during the theme week.

The theme for July is 'Ancient Plants and Animals', complementing the Megafauna that will be on display.

Daily from Monday July 12th to Sunday July 18th, at 11am-12 noon and 2pm-3pm.

Meet at the clock near the bridge. No booking required.

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.

Black Mountain Weeding Work Party - July Saturday, 3 July 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

The next weeding work party will be in the Frith Road area behind the ANBG again where we will be removing more Red Passionflower.
Meet:  Frith Road extension, Acton, behind CSIRO and ANBG. Park near the electricity substation. Look for banners
Bring:  Everyone is welcome.
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.

Dr Patrick De Deckker - Vegetation changes in the Murray Darling Basin, deciphered from deep-sea cores taken offshore Kangaroo Island - NEW TOPIC Thursday, 1 July 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Unfortunately, Dr Bob Godfree will be unable to present the talk previously scheduled. In his place, Dr Patrick De Deckker will discuss vegetation changes in the  Murray Darling Basin oiver the last 125,000 years.

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 Kathy Eyles - ‘50 years of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands’ NEW TOPIC Thursday, 24 June 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Australia was one of the first countries  to sign up and listed the world’s first Ramsar site, the Cobourg Peninsula in the NT. Kathy will provide an overview of the Convention in Australia and look at what’s happening at the local level to ensure the ‘wise use of our wetlands’.

[Note: This talk replaces the topic previously advertised for this date]

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.

Mid-Winter Talk: The Invertebrates of Black Mountain Tuesday, 22 June 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Following on from our previous successful talks, the Friends of Black Mountain are holding another midwinter talk this year. Our speaker will be Kim Pullen, an expert on the invertebrates of the Canberra region and Black Mountain.

About 2150 species of insects, arachnids, millipedes and velvet worms have been recorded on Black Mountain, although scientists studying them estimate that there are more than 5000 species of invertebrate in the reserve. Kim will introduce us to the diverse insect life on Black Mountain and its characteristics.

Where:  Theatrette, Telstra Tower.  Booking:  Please email your name and phone number to Friends of Black Mountain on friendsofblackmountain@gmail.com, or phone Linda (0437 298 711) or Julie (6251 6972).

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