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Friday Night Meetings 2019

Meetings are held at 8.00 p.m. on the second Friday of the month at:

Willow Park Community Centre, 25 Edgeworth David Avenue, Hornsby, NSW. 

Plant sales from 7.45 p.m.

Upcoming meetings 

14 June 2019

 Speaker

  Wendy Grimm, APS member 

 Topic

  "Native Pollinators"

 Background


Photo: Chloropid fly on flower of Corunastylis fimbriata.

 What motivates insects to visit plants? How do plants deceive insects into providing pollination services?

These questions have tied Wendy’s interest in Australian native plants to her passion for capturing images of small, mostly inconspicuous insects. She will talk about insect pollinator relationships in several well-known plant families.

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2 July 2019

 Speaker

 Jacob Sife, Natural Areas Program Leader, Ku-ring-gai Council

 Topic

  ‘Collaborating for conservation in Ku-ring-gai’

 Background

 

Ku-ring-gai is known as a biodiversity hotspot and a refuge for many species of flora and fauna struggling to survive in the highly urbanised Sydney basin. Ku-ring-gai Council manage numerous native and threatened species, populations and ecological communities in an effort to protect, conserve and enhance our biodiversity. Critical to the success of conservation programs are the collaborations formed with community and Government bodies. In this talk, Jacob will look at the conservation programs in Ku-ring-gai, particularly those which have received funding through the State Government’s Saving our Species or Ku-ring-gai Council’s Environment Levy, he will share data on outcomes and the most up to date monitoring on some of our most endangered species, including the critically endangered Hibbertia spanantha. The details will be available soon


2 August 2019

 Speaker

   Ron Gornall, APS Member. 

 Topic

  " An Interactive plant ID session"

 Background

 The details will be available soon

13 September 2019

 Speaker

  Susan Everingham, APS Scholarship Recipient 

 Topic

  " Changes in Sydney Flowering Times"

 Background

 The details will be available soon


11 October 2019

 Speakers

  Sue Bowen and Margaret Hamilton, APS Members 

 Topic

  " Propagation Demonstration"

 Background

 The details will be available soon

 

November 2019

 Speaker

  Barry Lees, APS member

 Topic

  " Landcare and its Benefits to the Environment. "

 Background

 The details will be available soon


13 December: Christmas Party at the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden


Past meetings for 2019

 8 February 2019

Speaker
  Kathy Potter, FATS
 Topic   "Frogs and the plants they like." 
 Background 

 

Kathy Potter from the Frog and Tadpole Study Group (FATS) will share her extensive knowledge of frogs, tadpoles and frog ponds. Kathy will bring some live frogs for you to see.

The FATS Study Group of New South Wales is dedicated to community awareness and conservation of frogs and conducts various activities to assist frogs. If you want to know more about frogging, the Australian Museum's Frog ID citizen science project and get up close to live frogs, then come along to our meeting and find out how to :

* identify different kinds of frogs in your area

* make your backyard frog friendly

* build a frog pond and attract frogs to move in

* keep a frog pond clean and avoid breeding mosquitoes.



8 March 2019

 Speaker
  Jayden Walsh
 Topic  "Flora and Fauna of Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park.'
 Background


Jayden Walsh will give an insightful presentation on the Fauna and it's connections to the Flora of Ku-ring-gai Chase NP. Come along to learn about rare and infrequently sighted wildlife that calls our backyard home and how it utilises the unique flora of Sandstone escarpments."
Jayden has been studying the wildlife in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park since he was a high school student and has done several presentations for "Wildthings”.


12 April 2019

 Speaker   Linda Groom 
 Topic  "Save Kosci Walk"   
 Background


In November-December 2018, five people walked 560 kilometres from Sydney to the summit of Kosciuszko. On the way they were joined by hundreds of supporters, some strong-legged, some simply determined. Why bother?

The walk sought stronger action from the NSW government to reduce damage caused by feral animals, particularly wild horses, in Kosciuszko National Park. Wild horses are recognized by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage as threats to at least 9 plant species, including 2 orchids, as well as to sphagnum bogs.

The talk gives a brief introduction to these species and the mechanisms by which wild horses pose a threat to them, then describes the protest walk and the public reactions to the walk. The issue of horses in national parks remains a controversial issue, but the presenter sees some hope that it can be resolved by emphasizing the positive – in this case the beauty of national parks – and by raising awareness of the environmental impacts of the horses.  

Presenter

Linda Groom’s most recent volunteer position was Convenor of Save Kosci Inc. She was formerly Curator of Pictures at the National Library, Convenor of the National Photography Festival, past-President of the Canberra Bushwalking Club and president of a number of national professional organisations. She has no botanical qualifications

 

10 May 2019

 Speaker

   John Whale, APS Scholarship Recipient

 Topic

  "Genetic Variation in Red Gum Species"

 Background


 The details will be available soon




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