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

Thursday 8 November, Help wanted: ‘Scottsdale’ grassland monitoring

Since March 2008 FOG has been responsible for monitoring changes in the grassy ecosystems on the Bush Heritage property ‘Scottsdale’, near Bredbo NSW. We shall do the 2018 monitoring on Thursday 8 November.

This is a call for volunteers to help on this always interesting day. Some experience in grassland plant ID is extremely useful, but we also need volunteers to hold the tape-measure! We usually work in 2 groups of 4 people. Lunch is provided by Bush Heritage.

Please register by 1 November by emailing linda.spinaze@fog.org.au. This will ensure you are emailed with further information, and that there will be enough lunch.

CANCELLED, 9–11 November weekend, Revisit Nerriga grassy woodland

We have made the disappointing decision to call off the activity we had planned for this weekend at the Nerriga property. While there was a little rain in October, there is hardly anything in flower currently. Keep your fingers crossed for a better season this time next year.

CANCELLED, 11 November, Sunday. Annual wildflower walk at Stirling Park

11–15 November, 12th Australasian Plant Conservation, Conference, Canberraa

‘Moving house – a new age for plant translocation and restoration’ is the title of this week-long conference at CSIRO Canberra ACT. Abstracts are due by Friday 27 July, and earlybird registrations close on Friday 31 August. If you join the ANPC you receive a discount on the registration fees. Find out more about APCC12, and register, at http://anpc.asn.au/conferences/2018.

17 – 18 November, Hunt the Monaro Golden Daisy, around the Monaro (various sites)

Another weekend adventure – it’s a hunt! FOG, led by David Eddy and Rainer Rehwinkel, with guidance from OEH records, will be searching for known sites of the threatened Monaro Golden Daisy (MGD) outside Kosciuszko NP, and recording their current size/numbers. The group will stay in and around Cooma overnight. The group will stay in and around Cooma overnight. You don’t need a 4wd vehicle, and we don’t expect to do a lot of walking. Register (essential) please with margaret.ning@fog.org.au

Thursday 22 November, morning: ACTIONS vs WILD HORSES and other feral animals in KOSCIUSZKO NP

ACT National Parks Association has organised the following activities to protest about the impacts on a number of threatened species and communities within the Kosciuszko National Park:

  1. Thursday 22 November, morning: A rally outside the Queanbeyan office of John Balilaro (who introduced the recent NSW law that gives feral horses considerable protection). Contact Di Thompson (Thompson@webone.com.au) for more information.

  2. Protest walk from Sydney to the summit of Kosciuszko: The NPA is looking for walkers and/or support crew from now until 9 December 2018. You can register as a walker to do part of the walk (which began on 3 November) or to support it in some way. More information at savekosci.org.

22 November, revisit the rampaging Rutidosis in spring, when it should be flowering at Crace grassland, ACT

Another chance to see this population of Button Wrinklewort Rutidosis leptorhynchoides at Crace Grasslands Nature Reserve in Gungahlin, from 3pm to 5pm on Thursday 22 November. Most registered people had to drop out of the winter visit when the date had to be changed. The winter visit was full of interest – and Button Wrinkleworts! The party is driven into the site, so even if you have limited agility you are still most welcome! Please register with sarah.sharp@fog.org.au by 19 November, and meet at the corner of Bellenden & Hoskins Sts in Mitchell, accessed off Sandford St, at 3pm on 22 November. 

Sunday 25 November, Workparty at Stirling Park Yarralumla

Work will be based on Alexandrina Drive, Stirling Park, working from Haines Creek to Attunga Point. We will meet at the management gate on Alexandrina Drive in Yarralumla, west of Mariner Place and before the rusty DNA sculpture. We will be cutting and daubing regrowth woody weeds, spraying weeds, watering saplings and repairing tree guards, and collecting rubbish.

Tools are provided. You need to wear eye protection, gardening clothes (including hat) and solid footwear appropriate for the work and the weather, and bring your own drinking water. The workparty convenor provides morning tea, making these into pleasant social occasions.

Please register by two days before the workparty with jamie.pittock@fog.org.au, so there are enough tools and tea for everyone, and so you can be told if the weather forecast has led to a cancellation. Workparties are cancelled if there is lightning; or there is heavy rain; or the forecast is for 35C or more; or there is a total fire ban.

 

25 – 30 November, Ecology in the Anthropocene: ESA annual conference, Brisbane

This year’s conference of the Ecological Society of Australia will be held at the Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane, Queensland. The conference website has all the details: http://esa2018.org.au/. Catherine Ross is running one of the symposia, ‘Reintroduction for restoration’, on 29 November, 11:00–1:00 pm: see http://esa2018.org.au/program/symposia-at-esa18/ for an outline of this session.

26 November – 6 December , Bush Blitz nature discovery program

On Sunday 2 December, 10am – 3pm, Bush Blitz will hold a community day at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. This event is a chance to learn about taxonomy, and to interact with Bush Blitz scientists, and to find out how you can get involved with local community groups to contribute to our knowledge of Australian biodiversity. Can any FOG members be there that day to represent FOG? Please contact ann.milligan@fog.org.au to say 'yes'.

1 – 2 December, FOG visit to Deua National Park, and maybe the Big Hole

In this adventure to part of Deua National Park, south of Majors Creek, Rainer Rehwinkel will lead a walk to Berlang Swamp/Big Hole on Saturday 1 December, and we shall visit a private property and a couple of TSRs on the Sunday. (Berlang Swamp is heathy and healthy grassland; and the private property overlooks the Shoalhaven River.) This plan relies on us being able to cross the Shoalhaven River for access to the swamp and Big Hole. If that is not possible, we shall visit the private property on the Saturday instead, and TSRs on the Sunday, and possibly another destination.

The plan is to arrive on Friday evening, 30 November. Accommodation will be at Berlang Camping Area or Deua Tin. Register with margaret.ning@fog.org.au to get full details, directions and maps. If you want to stay at the huts, be prompt in contacting Margaret in case more need to be booked.

January 2019, Visit lower part of Mt Gingera ACT

February 2019, Visit Charlies Massy’s property, ‘Severn Park’, Bobondara NSW

March 2019, Visit alpine grasslands beyond Yarrangobilly NSW

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