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Black Mountain weeding work party Saturday, 5 March 2016 - 8:30am to 11:30am

This is an activity of the Friends of Black Mountain. The next weeding work party will focus on blackberry, sweet briar and hawthorn, all of which are covered in thorns or spines. Also many of the plants to be removed are less than 1 meter tall with slim stems. Could we ask that you bring gardening gloves (or similar) that will protect your hands, and your favourite secateurs.

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Dr Rosemary Purdie ‘Plants of the Simpson Desert; collecting by camel.’ Thursday, 3 March 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Rosemary Purdie is an Honorary Associate at the Australian National Herbarium, Canberra. Before that she was Commissioner for the Environment for the ACT Government. Formerly Director Natural Resource Evaluation and Communication in the Office of the Murray-Darling Basin Commission and earlier a Deputy Executive Director at the Australian Heritage Commission where she was responsible for natural and cultural heritage assessments and advice on heritage conservation.

Walk and Talk to the Top of Black Mountain Sunday, 28 February 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Meet at the Visitor Centre, Australian National Botanic Gardens and walk to the summit of Black Mountain in Canberra Nature Park with local botanist Dr Rosemary Purdie and an ANBG Ranger. Come back the same way, or take extra time to return by a different path. The Summit Walk has steep sections, so it is suitable for fit walkers only (including children over the age of 12). 

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Photographic Group: David Taylor, 'Eucalypts' Friday, 26 February 2016 - 10:30am

At this meeting, David Taylor, Curator of Living Collections at the ANBG will give a talk on Eucalypts - their bark, flowers, foliage etc. After the talk he will lead a walk around the Gardens to show us weird and wonderful examples of Eucalypts.

This will be a good introduction to the ANBG's Eucalyptus Week which is in March, and inspire some photography of Eucalypts in the Gardens. Venue: Theatrette at the ANBG. Members and non-members welcome.​

Dr Julian Reid ‘Diversity gradients in bird communities of the lower Cooper Creek, South Australia’ Thursday, 25 February 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Julian, Visiting Fellow and part-time Research Manager Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU, will describe ground-breaking research on the spatial and temporal distribution of arid region birds.


Walk with the Ants on Black Mountain Sunday, 21 February 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Black Mountain Nature Reserve has more species of ant than the whole of Great Britain. Join expert Ajay Narendra, Macquarie University, to learn more about these predators and scavengers, and hear about their amazing navigation skills.

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Wildlife and Botanical Artists - meeting at the ANBG Saturday, 20 February 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Wildlife and Botanical Artists Inc is holding its first quarterly meeting for 2016 on Saturday 20 February in the Banks Building at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Full details are in the Press Release. The meeting is open to members, friends and the public, and Friends of the ANBG are very welcome.

Dr Joanne Daly ‘Australia’s Agricultural Future’. Thursday, 18 February 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Joanne, a member of the CSIRO Executive in agribusiness, recently chaired a report on Australia’s agricultural future. The report outlines how farm output can be optimised by driving innovation through a strong research base. She  is working towards retirement from CSIRO after 32 years.  She is an evolutionary biologist with an interest in agricultural sciences and biodiversity informatics.  During her time in CSIRO she became Chief of CSIRO Entomology and then on the CSIRO Executive in agribusiness.  She chaired the expert working group on agriculture for ACOLA. 

Black Mountain Nature Reserve: exhibition in the Visitor Centre Gallery Wednesday, 17 February 2016 - 9:30am to Tuesday, 15 March 2016 - 4:30pm

Created by ACT Park Care group, the Friends of Black Mountain, this exhibition highlights the natural and cultural history of Black Mountain at the heart of Canberra.

The exhibition is in the Visitor Centre Gallery at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. It is open daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Admission is free.

Professor Adrian Gibbs ‘Viruses of Australian plants: what, where and when?’ Thursday, 11 February 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Adrian Gibbs is a virologist.  He and his wife Pat are ANBG devotees, and were undergraduate students in the Botany Depart of Imperial College, University of London from 1953-1956.  Adrian first played with a virus in 1955 in a prac class, and never gave up.  Until 1966 he worked on crop and bee viruses at Rothamsted, which is the world's oldest agricultural research station and most famous for its long term agronomy experiments, and also for the discovery of 'super phosphate' and the invention of pyrethroids.  A chance meeting with Max Day led to him joining Frank Fenner's department in 19