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Dr Brett Howland ‘Impact of grey kangaroos on reptiles and birds in diminished grasslands.’ Thursday, 27 October 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Brett, currently engaged in habitat promotion with the ACT government, will describe how large mammalian grazers are truly ecosystem engineers.

In south-eastern Australia’s grasslands and grassy woodlands, high intensity grazing by the eastern grey kangaroo, Macropus giganteus, has been linked to ecological decline of multiple taxa. Efforts to manage the impact of kangaroos on biota in the ACT and elsewhere have been made but these have been constrained by a limited knowledge of optimal grazing levels.

Kim Ellis ‘Innovation, conservation and change: The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, 200 year birthday.’ Thursday, 20 October 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Kim will discuss the changes that are occurring in The Royal Botanic Gardens precinct; the Harbourside, Mount Annan and Mount Tomah and discuss the pressures created by funding, demographic changes and community expectations. His presentation will include new facilities such as The Calyx @ Sydney and the celebration of the Gardens 200th Birthday.

Annual General Meeting 2016 Wednesday, 19 October 2016 - 5:00pm

The 28th Annual General Meeting of the Friends of ANBG will be held on Wednesday 19 October 2016 at 5.30pm in the Theatrette at the Gardens. Light refreshments will be served from 5pm in the adjoining Dickson Room.

Elections will be held for the position of President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary and four ordinary members of Council. If a current ordinary member of Council nominates for and is elected to a vacant executive position, there will be an additional vacancy for an ordinary member. In addition, the agenda will include an award of life membership.

Breakfast with the Birds Sunday, 16 October 2016 - 7:45am

A wonderful opportunity to observe some of Canberra's amazing bird life in the beautiful surrounds of the Australian National Botanic Gardens, followed by a delicious breakfast at Floresco in the Gardens. In a small group, experience the Gardens early on a spring morning when the birds are nesting and at their most active. Walk starts at 7.45am (gates open at 7.30). Meet at the Visitor Centre.

Breakfast with the Birds Saturday, 15 October 2016 - 7:45am

A wonderful opportunity to observe some of Canberra's amazing bird life in the beautiful surrounds of the Australian National Botanic Gardens, followed by a delicious breakfast at Floresco in the Gardens. In a small group, experience the Gardens early on a spring morning when the birds are nesting and at their most active. Walk starts at 7.45am (gates open at 7.30). Meet at the Visitor Centre.

Helen Fitzgerald ‘A Florilegium to celebrate 200 years for the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.’ Thursday, 13 October 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Helen will be talking about the 200 year anniversary of the Botanic Gardens in Sydney and the production by Beverly Allen of their first florilegium.

Helen Fitzgerald holds degrees in Art Education and Ecology and is a professional artist with 50 years of teaching in Art and Science both in Australia and the UK. She brings a wealth of experience to her particular interest in botanical and wildlife art which goes back over 3 decades, when she started teaching botanical illustration at with the ANU Centre for Continuing Education.

Breakfast with the Birds Sunday, 9 October 2016 - 7:45am

A wonderful opportunity to observe some of Canberra's amazing bird life in the beautiful surrounds of the Australian National Botanic Gardens, followed by a delicious breakfast at Floresco in the Gardens. In a small group, experience the Gardens early on a spring morning when the birds are nesting and at their most active. Walk starts at 7.45am (gates open at 7.30). Meet at the Visitor Centre.

45th Black Mountain Spring Wildflower Ramble Saturday, 8 October 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Celebrate the spring flowering on beautiful Black Mountain with a social ramble for wildflower lovers in the tradition established by Nancy Burbidge, and continued by George Chippendale. Discover the surprising diversity of tiny orchids, bush peas, wattles and billy buttons on easy bush tracks with experienced guides and good company. All springs are not the same. The pattern remains but timing and abundance vary with the weather.

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Breakfast with the Birds Saturday, 8 October 2016 - 7:45am

A wonderful opportunity to observe some of Canberra's amazing bird life in the beautiful surrounds of the Australian National Botanic Gardens, followed by a delicious breakfast at Floresco in the Gardens. In a small group, experience the Gardens early on a spring morning when the birds are nesting and at their most active. Walk starts at 7.45am (gates open at 7.30). Meet at the Visitor Centre.

David Taylor ‘Weird and wonderful Australian plants: how to engage with them.’ Thursday, 6 October 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

This talk will promote cultivation of Australian plants including rare species.

David Taylor is the Curator, Living Collections, ANBG. He started his plant working life as a horticultural apprentice then went from private enterprise to Yarralumla Nursery where the focus was to develop and promote Australian plants including rare species and selections that were new to cultivation.

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