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Photographic Group: Early morning walk in the ANBG Friday, 1 April 2016 - 7:00am

This is an opportunity for the ‘Friends Photographic Group’ to take photos in the ANBG Gardens, taking advantage of the early morning light and abundance of birds at that time of day. It is also a chance to the practice the bird photography techniques presented at Dave Bassett’s talk on ‘Bird Photography’ in March.

Meet inside the ANBG Gardens at the Bus Shelter.

Des Cannon ‘Bees: Why we need them and they need us.’ Thursday, 31 March 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Des, President of the Australian Beekeeper Federation, will discuss the role of bees in pollination of agricultural crops and native flora, including the Australian stingless native bees.

Stuart Pittendrigh ‘Solving botanic puzzles: The selection, planning, production and placement of plants for Barangaroo Reserve.’ Thursday, 24 March 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Stuart, landscape architect, will describe how a passenger-ship terminal has been turned into a headland park for Sydney. He will talk about working with Peter Walker a well-regarded Landscape Architect from California and the celebrated firm Johnson Pilton Walker, Landscape Architects from Sydney, to develop a former shipping container wharf and passenger ship terminal into a new head-land park for Sydney.

9th Botanic Art Group Exhibition Saturday, 19 March 2016 - 9:30am to Sunday, 17 April 2016 - 4:30pm

The 9th Botanic Art Group exhibition will be held in the Visitor Centre from Saturday 19th March until Sunday 17th April. Opening hours are from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. It is a wonderful display of our Australian native Plants. All the paintings will  be of Australian native plants, most of which are in the ANBG. More information is available here.

Photographic Group: Dave Bassett, 'Bird Photography - Techniques' Friday, 18 March 2016 - 10:30am

Dave Bassett will give a talk on bird photography, focusing on techniques. Dave is a member of the Friends ANBG Photographic Group.

Note this meeting will be held in the Crosbie Morrison Building at the ANBG. Members and non-members welcome.

Dr Paul Oliver ‘Biologists in the mist: discovery in New Guinea’s Foja Mountains.’ Thursday, 17 March 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Paul Oliver is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Australian National University. He is broadly interested in understanding the diversity and evolutionary history of the Australasian region, but tends to spend most of his time working on reptiles and frogs, including describing lots of new species.

Dr Martin Fortescue ‘The breeding biology of the Little Penguin on Bowen Island, Jervis Bay.’ Thursday, 10 March 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Martin, until recently the Booderee National Park Resource Manager, will present his long-term study of the influence of climatic changes on the breeding success of the Little Penguin colony on Bowen Island.

Dr Christina Walters 'How seed science might save the world: a perspective on seed banking from USDA' Wednesday, 9 March 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Dr Christina Walters is Research Leader in Plant Germplasm Preservation Research at the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation in the United States. Christina is best known for her innovative studies of seed physiology and its application to conservation of genetic resources for diverse plant species. Learn how the life of seeds can be maximised and how this is important for the long-term future of food and agriculture.

Walk and Talk from the ANBG to the Arboretum Tuesday, 8 March 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Meet at the Visitor Centre, Australian National Botanic Gardens and walk through the Black Mountain Nature Reserve to the National Arboretum with local botanist Isobel Crawford and an ANBG Guide. If you do not wish to walk back to ANBG, ask a friend to meet you at the Arboretum. Suitable for fit walkers (including children over the age of 12).

Click on the underlined heading in the left-hand column for more information.

Plant Science Group Technical Talk: Dr Alexander Schmidt-Lebuhn, 'Seeds & Fruits'. Monday, 7 March 2016 - 10:30am

Fruits are often used as identifying or diagnostic characters of plants. Unfortunately, there is some tension between botanical terminology and everyday use of the same words that may lead to confusion (for example, did you know that technically oranges and grapes are berries?). Alexander will talk about fruit and seed morphology, what different types of fruit there are, how to recognise them, and what constraints certain aspects of fruit morphology place on other aspects. In addition, we will take a quick look at the various dispersal syndromes exhibited by plants.

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