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Catherine Ross ‘Bettongs, bulbs and biodiversity’ Thursday, 15 March 2018 - 12:30pm

Digging mammals such as bettongs, bandicoots and bilbies have been described as ecosystem engineers, and Catherine will ask whether the return of an ecosystem engineer helps to restore biodiversity in grassy woodlands?

Dr Ben Wallace ‘Yunnan, land of plant plenty’ Thursday, 8 March 2018 - 12:30pm

With his lifetime fascination in plants Ben will discuss the floristic diversity of the province of Yunnan in China, and contributing ecological and geographic factors.

ANBG Friends Plant Science Group - Technical Talk Monday, 5 March 2018 - 10:30am

Callitris: a chronicle of extinction, survival, dispersal and rediversification

Speaker: Emeritus Professor Mike Crisp, Research School of Biology, ANU, Canberra ACT

Black Mountain Weeding Work Party Saturday, 3 March 2018 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Next Saturday we plan to remove scattered weeds in the southern part of the area between the Swamp Track and Callitris Track. Meet at the Caswell Drive car park on the mountain side of Caswell Drive. If you are planning to come, please email your name and phone number to or phone 0437 298 711.

Chris Davey and Richard Thackway, ‘Phillip Island (South Pacific) - Recovery from an ecological disaster’ Thursday, 1 March 2018 - 12:30pm

Richard will outline land management regimes that continue to transform vegetation and Chris will discuss the response of avifauna to vegetation on the Phillip Island.

ANBG Friends Photographic Group - February meeting Friday, 23 February 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm


Stuart Harris, Canberra’s Peacock Spider Man: ‘Finding and photographing Peacock Spiders’.

Stuart is a citizen scientist and discoverer of a number of new Peacock Spider species.


The Photographic Group meet on the last Friday of the month at 10.30am in the Gardens Theatrette.

The speaker will be followed by a Show and Tell by Members.

Dr Chris Carter ‘Where the rivers run: the prehistory of south-west New South Wales’ Thursday, 22 February 2018 - 12:30pm

This talk will profile the key evidence that has come from Lake Mungo and in its immediate vicinity and the broader perspective on Aboriginal occupation and the natural environment that supported it.

Matthew Higgins ‘What a high! Over three decades of exploring our mountain country’ Thursday, 15 February 2018 - 12:30pm

Canberra historian, writer and photographer, Matthew will talk about places that have inspired his publications and award-winning work.

He will be happy to sign your copies of his books.

Dr Rosemary Purdie ‘Immersed in the Larapinta’ Thursday, 8 February 2018 - 12:30pm

Rosemary will talk about her Larapinta Trail walk – end to end - in July 2017, and the plants and stunning landscape en route.

ANBG Friends Plant Science Group - Technical Talk Monday, 5 February 2018 - 10:30am

Maintaining databases for Names, Nomenclature and Taxonomy

Speaker:  Anne Fuchs, Manager of the ANBG's Integrated Biodiversity Information System (IBIS)

Summary: Names and taxonomy form the backbone of biodiversity data. Anne will explain how we keep track of this information, including where it is maintained and plans for how it will be used into the future.

After her presentation, Anne will co-host a Q&A session with Anna Monro. Both Anne and Anna are involved with the documentation and standardisation of plant nomenclature in Australia.