Calendar

The Current Calendar (below) includes FoG and related activities. To be kept fully up to date with FoG activities, become a member, get the newsletter and if you have email access you'll also get the FoG E-bulletin with all the latest news and information. If you have queries about any of the activities below, contact the person nominated, or Contact Us.

FoG visits many private or public properties during the year to assist in plant identification and management issues. These visits usually do not appear in the FoG program because we may not know what to expect at such sites and because they are usually arranged at short notice. If you are interested in participating in property visits, Contact Us.

Please advertise this information amongst your friends and networks and support our activities.

Non FoG members are welcome to participate in FoG events.

For any FoG activity you should register with the indicated contact, who can assist with directions and possibly car pooling. By registering you assist us to organise any catering and provide you with any other information that you may need, including late changes. For all FoG activities please supply your emergency contact person's details when registering.

Calendar

Saturday 6 April, 8.30 am - 12 noon: Hall Cemetery woodland workparty

This autumn workparty is in the woodland that surrounds the Hall Cemetery. The ground is flat and it’s a pleasant location, near the Wallaroo Rd/Barton Hwy junction, at the edge of ACT. Tools are provided. You need to wear gardening clothes (including hat) and solid footwear appropriate for the work and the weather. Bring your own drinking water. The workparty convenor provides morning tea, making these into pleasant social occasions. Please register by 4 April with john.fitzgerald@fog.org.au so there are enough tools and tea for everyone.

Tuesday 9 April, 7.30 pm: Sutton Landcare Group meeting: Canberra Nature Map

Sutton Landcare invites non-members to join them on Tuesday evening, 9 April, for a talk by Dr Michael Mulvaney about Canberra Nature Map (CNM). Michael will talk about the beginnings of CNM when founder Aaron Clausen rode his mountain bike over of one of the last remaining colonies of the critically endangered Canberra Spider Orchid. Aaron then approached Michael to propose a citizen science idea – a map of such species. Now CNM has about 1900 members and 80 moderators. This citizen science in action shows the value of a volunteer local website run by local people with local knowledge as part of a strong interactive community. CNM maps the location and abundance of most types of wildlife in the Canberra region, in a way that is useful to science and researchers as well as easy and enjoyable for members. Following the presentation, supper will be provided with an opportunity to talk further with Dr Mulvaney.

Please register with SLG’s secretary on sutton.landcare@gmail.com.

Weekend 12 - 14 April: revisit to property near Deua NP, NSW

On 12–14 April weekend, a FOG group will revisit the wonderful private property seen in December on the Shoalhaven River, to see what it looks like in autumn. See Alice Bauer’s account of the FOG visit there last December, on p.12 in Jan–Feb News of FOGG, http://fog.org.au/Newsletters/2019-01newsletter.pdf). This time, the group will also explore the nearby Wyanbene Caves area in Deua NP. You could stay at Berlang Camping Ground (no bookings required) with its amenities block, picnic tables, barbecue facilities, carpark, toilets. Or camp at the Deua Tin Huts ($10/person per night), or stay in the Tin Hut that FOG has reserved (the largest one: $65 per person for two nights when there are 6 people). Show your interest by contacting margaret.ning@fog.org.au soon.

Sunday 14 April, 9 am - 12.30 pm, Stirling Park work party

A planting work party at Stirling Park – Gurubang Dhaura, based at the corner of Empire St and Forster Cres in Yarralumla. We will be planting around 50 shrubs as small bird habitat, maintaining plantings, cutting and daubing regrowth woody weeds, hand removal of Purple Top infestations, mowing Blue Periwinkle and collecting rubbish. This work party will be automatically cancelled if: a) the forecast is for 35 deg C+, b) it is a total fire ban day, c) there is lightning, or d) there is heavy rain. Please register by 13 April, Saturday, with Paul Archer, parcher@archeremery.com.au or ph. 0434 070 770, so there are enough tools and tea for everyone.

Calendar for work parties later this year

Work parties will be held on Sunday mornings between 9 am and 12:30 pm:

Exhibition of Ginninderry planning proposal, until 26 April

The Yass Valley Council has begun the formal community consultation process for the NSW part of Ginninderry – known as Parkwood Planning Proposal. Approximately 5000 dwellings are proposed in Yass Valley. Site area is 600 hectares, of which approximately 394 hectares is proposed for urban development and 213 hectares for conservation purposes adjacent to Murrumbidgee River and Ginninderra Creek. Visit https://www.yassvalley.nsw.gov.au/our-council/public-consultation/article/296#1 for more information. Alternatively, call into the Yass Library to view the 3D model of the development now on display. Members of the community are encouraged to provide feedback on the proposal prior to 5 pm Friday, 26 April 2019.

Saturday 4 May, 10 am: Cassinia control party at Mcleods Creek, Gundaroo NSW

Come and help remove Cassinia arcuata (Sifton Bush) seedlings at Mcleods Creek Nature Reserve, just outside Gundaroo NSW, starting at 10 am. This grassland and Box–Gum woodland reserve provides habitat for several threatened species. Already, 3,000 trees and shrubs have been planted in the endangered woodland by dedicated volunteers from the Gundaroo and Canberra communities. Cassinia arcuata is a native species local to the Southern Tablelands region, but it is a good coloniser of disturbed sites and can potentially outcompete recruiting native flora. Much of the Cassinia has already been removed by NPWS staff, Green Army, contractors, and FOG, and volunteers are needed to help maintain that progress. Secateurs and long-handled loppers are provided, and there will also be morning tea.

Register by 3 May with Susannah Power, ph. 0417 295 995 or susannah.power@environment.nsw.gov.au. Susannah will give you directions if you’ve not been to Mcleods Creek NR before.

10 - 12 May: grasslands and opera at Morundah NSW

A FOG and ANPS group will be at Morundah NSW on the weekend 10–12 May, to visit grasslands and Plains-wanderer habitat in the area. On the Saturday evening, 11 May, most of the group will attend the performance of Don Giovanni (opera by Mozart) at Morundah Theatre (see https://www.facebook.com/events/812645549092235). Register for this trip (with or without the opera) by emailing margaret.ning@fog.org.au.

Saturday 1 June: World Environment Day annual dinner

Conservation Council ACT Region’s annual fund-raising dinner is on Saturday 1 June, at Gandel Atrium, National Museum of Australia. Former Senator Bob Brown is guest speaker. FOG will have a table (or two).

A Saturday in July: Mid-winter talks – in planningng

FOG’s annual mid-winter afternoon talks and tea will be in July this year, on Saturday 6 or 13 July. Please pencil those into your diary.

Please advertise this information among your friends and networks. Non FoG members are welcome to FoG events. For inquiries or if you have an item to include, please Contact Us