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Book Launch: Vanished and Vanishing Parrots

You are invited to attend the book launch of Vanished and Vanishing Parrots: Profiling Extinct and Endangered Species by Joseph Forshaw and Frank Knight. The book will be launched by Dr Leo Joseph.

Partners, friends and colleagues are welcome, but RSVP is requested.

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Wake Up with the Birds 2017

Eastern Spinebill (Photo: David Cook)
Eastern Spinebill (Photo: David Cook)

The Australian National Botanic Gardens provide a fantastic habitat for many of Canberra’s birds, with water and nectar in abundance. On weekends during Floriade we are offering an early morning 1½ hour guided walk to see many of the Gardens' amazing birds.

It is marvellous to be in the Gardens early in the morning before they are open to the general public. It's a great time to observe the feeding and nesting behaviour of our birds and their young. Some binoculars will be provided, but bring your own if you have them.

Butterfly walks - change of dates

The Butterfly Walks previously scheduled for 18 November 2017 at 10 am and 1:30 am have been re-scheduled, due to unforeseen circumstances. The new dates and times are:

Saturday 11 November @ 2pm: book at https://register.eventarc.com/38154/butterfly-walk-2-pm-saturday-11-november-2017

Sunday 12 November @ 2pm: book at https://register.eventarc.com/38155/butterfly-walk-2-pm-sunday-12-november-2017

Our sincere apologies to anyone inconvenienced by the changed dates and times. Everyone already registered for the previous dates will he contacted and asked to select a new date.

Macleay Swallowtail Butterfly in the ANBG (Photo: Tony Woods)

Wake Up With the Birds

The Australian National Botanic Gardens provide a fantastic habitat for many of Canberra’s birds, with water and nectar in abundance.

It is marvellous to be in the Gardens early in the morning before they are open to the general public.

During Floriade we offer an early morning walk at weekends. Join us for a 1½ hour guided walk to see many of the Gardens' amazing birds. This year we are not including breakfast, but you are welcome to purchase a coffee or breakfast following the bird walk in Pollen – the Gardens Café.

Eastern Spinebill (Photo: David Cook)

A very charry day

On the very last (and somewhat chilly) day of winter various Friends assembled on the Paperbark Lawn of the Gardens, just below the site of the Paperbark Treehouse, to find out about the mysterious Japanese art of yakisugi, or carbonising wood. As Nici Long from Cave Urban has explained, charring is very appropriate for this work as a symbol of bushfire and regeneration; it also preserves the timber and provides a textural finish that reduces the fire risk.

Jim Gould at work charring. Photo : Bill Hall

Charring Party on Thursday 31st August 2017

The Cave Urban team is now in the early stages of work on the treehouse. If you continue past the café in a pretty straight line you will soon find the site in the melaleucas and above the Paperbark lawn. The treehouse design involves recycled timber preserved by yakisugi, a traditional Japanese design for carbonising wood.

Cave Urban will start charring wood next Thursday 31 August from 10am until late afternoon, on the lawn immediately below the melaleucas  and is inviting Friends of the ANBG to help with the charring as a gesture of thanks for the Friends’ support of this exciting project.

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