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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.

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Event title Date Details
Catriona Anderson ‘What a lot about Wattles: Wattles in the Pictures Collection of the National Library of Australia’ Thursday, 3 September 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Catriona will talk about images of wattle that are in the Picture Collection of the National Library of Australia by different artists and for different purposes, in recognition of Wattle Day.

Parkcare Display at Jamison Centre Friday, 4 September 2015 - 9:00am to Sunday, 6 September 2015 - 4:30pm

Parkcare Friends in Belconnen suburbs of Canberra will showcase the beauty and diversity of the bush in the Bush Capital from 4 to 6 September 2015. The annual display involves seven volunteer groups. The display may be viewed from 9.00am to 4.30pm each of the three days, Friday to Sunday, in Jamison Plaza shopping centre. You will see photos of the beautiful valley selected for the nation's capital, cryptic wildflowers, eucalypt forest, box-gum woodlands and endangered grasslands. Our enthusiastic volunteers will provide brochures, field guides, guided walks and interpretive signs to uncover bushland secrets.The Indian Myna trap is always a draw-card.            

Groups involved include Friends of Aranda Bushland, of Black Mountain, of Bruce Ridge, of Mount Painter, of The Pinnacle, of Grasslands and Canberra Indian Myna Action Group.

The Parkcare groups and display are supported by Jamison Plaza management and ACT Parks & Conservation Service.

This is not a Friends of the ANBG event. Information is provided for the interest of our members.

Black Mountain Nature Reserve, Weeding Working Party Saturday, 5 September 2015 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

We will be removing woody weeds in Black Mountain Nature Reserve.

Meet: Belconnen Way entry to Black Mountain Nature Reserve (see balloons). 

Bring Enthusiasm, your family and friends, water, (and your favourite pruning saw and/or loppers, if you wish). Everyone is welcome.

For more details, including booking information, click on the underlined heading in the left-hand column.

ANBG Friends Plant Science Group Technical Talk: Dr Mark Wallace Monday, 7 September 2015 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Place: Theatrette, ANBG

Topic: 'Genetic relationships in a sedge threatened by mining in WA'

Speaker: Dr Mark Wallace, currently working with the Australian National Herbarium, Canberra.

Dr Matt Colloff ‘Flooded forest and desert creek: the fascination of the River Red Gum’ Thursday, 10 September 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Matt will talk about the ecology and history of the River Red Gum, Australia’s most widely-distributed eucalypt species.

Wattle Walk, Black Mountain Sunday, 13 September 2015 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Enjoy a Walk among the Wattles on Black Mountain with local plant ecologist, Michael Doherty. Let’s learn to identify some of the common Acacias found on Black Mountain, including Acacia dealbata and Acacia buxifolia. We will also learn about how Acacias cope with fire and drought. The walk will mostly be flat to undulating, but with a few steeper sections later on in the walk. Books will be for sale.

For more details, including booking information, click on the underlined heading in the left-hand column.

Third Alison McKenzie Memorial Lecture: Geoffrey Dabb-Ten Birds of Canberra Thursday, 17 September 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Ten bird species, some common, some rare, have been chosen for this presentation because each (a) has been recorded in ANBG and (b) has something of interest to be said about it. The talk is about why they are interesting, with some comments about local occurrence and movements of each species. Taking the ten species as examples, this graphic presentation also looks at bird art and photography.

Geoffrey Dabb has been a life-long bird watcher and an observer and photographer in ANBG for over 35 years.

 

Breakfast with the Birds Saturday, 19 September 2015 - 7:45am

The ever-popular Breakfast with the Birds program is celebrating its 12th season.This is an excellent opportunity for early morning access to the Gardens to view birdlife with a knowledgeable guide, followed by a delicious hot breakfast in Floresco in the Gardens Cafe. Some binoculars will be provided, but bring your own if you have them. Wear comfortable footwear and warm clothes. The walk will only be cancelled in extreme weather conditions. Please note: this walk is not suitable for children under eight. 

Read more information about the 2015 Breakfast with the Birds program. To book for this date click here.

 
Breakfast with the Birds Sunday, 20 September 2015 - 7:45am

The ever-popular Breakfast with the Birds program is celebrating its 12th season.This is an excellent opportunity for early morning access to the Gardens to view birdlife with a knowledgeable guide, followed by a delicious hot breakfast in Floresco in the Gardens Cafe. Some binoculars will be provided, but bring your own if you have them. Wear comfortable footwear and warm clothes. The walk will only be cancelled in extreme weather conditions. Please note: this walk is not suitable for children under eight. 

Read more information about the 2015 Breakfast with the Birds program. To book for this date click here.

Dr Ken Hodgkinson ‘Restoring Canberra’s native grasslands by fire: the science and people issues’ Thursday, 24 September 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

The Temperate Natural Grasslands, on which Canberra is built, are the most endangered ecosystems in Australia. Their original extent in SE Australia was 2 million ha. Only 0.5% remains. In the ACT there were 20,000 ha and 10% remains. The Canberra remnants (38 in number) are highly fragmented. Six species of the grassland animals and plants are declared endangered or vulnerable in the ACT.

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