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.

Calendar

10–11 February 2018: Adventure to Nerriga, NSW

Looking ahead: FOG is invited (with ANPS folk too) to visit a members’ property a few kilometres from Nerriga village and adjacent to Morton National Park, in February. This is ‘an area of amazing natural rugged beauty and incredible biodiversity’. A review of recorded species from the Atlas of Living Australia identified several endangered and rare plants in the area, which the owners have searched out and identified. The property has amazing biodiversity and endangered and rare plants, as Lauren outlines in the January 2018 FOG newsletter (sent to FOG members only) (pp. 1, 2).

Lauren’s invitation says: “We welcome members of FOG and others to our property to enjoy the bushland and to view the species we have located. We are able to provide some shared accommodation in caravans, and have plenty of mowed open space for campers, caravans or camper trailers. We have a cabin with kitchen and BBQ, a lounge area with potbelly for cold nights and a bathroom with hot shower. The pit toilet is located nearby (but far enough away!). We have an outdoor firepit area, plenty of seating and tables and a small pizza oven. The Nerriga pub is 5 mins up the road.”

Lauren suggests at least four different walks (ranging from easy to strenuous) focusing on gold, history, plants and nocturnal fauna, as well as a short drive (to see plants and maybe pan for gold), and campfire activities.

Register with Margaret.Ning@fog.org.au, please.

Saturday 3 February, 4 – 8 pm: World Wetlands Day ‘Open evening’, Jerrabomberra Wetlands, Fyshwick

FOG will have a stall at the ‘open evening’ being held at Jerrabomberra Wetlands on Saturday 3 February, 4–8 pm, to celebrate World Wetlands Day. Offers to help staff the FOG stall will be appreciated! Please contact paul.archer@fog.org.au

Come to Dairy Flat Rd, Fyshwick ACT, to enjoy this evening of natural environment fun and stalls, with activities for the whole family, including ranger-guided walks, children’s activities, reptile displays, art exhibitions, Indigenous cultural activities, food, beer and lots more.

The event is being run by Jerrabomberra Wetlands (part of the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust) and Canberra City Farm. Entry is by gold coin donation and most activities are free of charge. All proceeds go towards conservation efforts at Jerrabomberra Wetlands.

You will be joining people around the world in celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) in Ramsar, Iran, on 2 February 1971.

Sponsors: Icon Water, Capital Brewing Co., Canberra Milk and ACTSmart, and partnered by the ACT Government Parks and Conservation Service.

8 February, 7.30 pm: Australian Native Plants Society meeting, ANBG

Geoff Robertson (President of FOG) will present 'Adventures in Grasslands' as guest speaker at the ANPS meeting on Thursday 8 February (starting 7.30 pm) in the Theatrette, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Acton ACT.

Geoff will focus on the richness of grasslands in our region and the beauty and diversity of grasses, daisies, orchids, peas, many other plant species, and grassland flora. He will discuss the different types of grasslands and grassy woodlands; management issues: grazing, fire, weeds and feral animals, urban encroachment, lack of image & resources; using traditional Aboriginal land management issues; grasslands, their management and associated advocacy issues; and grassland plants in the home gardens, weed watch and Canberra Nature Map.

To attend you need to contact Geoff (but maybe not if you are already a member of ANPS). Phone or email him on 6241 4065 or geoff.robertson@fog.org.au.

2018 Work Parties (Canberra)

Your help is needed and always welcome. Please register 2 days before the dates so enough tools and morning tea can be provided, and you can be told where to meet or advised of any cancellations. You need to wear protective gear (including hat) and footwear appropriate for scratchy gardening work and the weather, and bring your own drinking water. These are pleasant social occasions and the work is not hard. To register for either of these two workparties, email Jamie.pittock@fog.org.au.

Further FOG work parties and wildflower walk on national lands are proposed for 2018 as follows:

(SH = Scrivener’s Hut; SP = Stirling Park; YR = Yarramundi Reach. Held on Sunday mornings between 8:30 am and 1 pm unless otherwise stated)

Mar 25 at SP
April 29 at SP
May 29 at SP & YR (split work party)
Aug 26 at SP
Sept 30 at SP & YR (split work party)
Oct 28 at SP
Nov 11 - Stirling Park wildflower walk 1-5 pm
Nov 25 at SP

Work parties will be 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.

20 March 2018, evening: FOG Annual General Meeting

An evening of interest and a chance to catch up with friends over a few nibbles! More details in the next FOG newsletter.

6 - 9 April 2018: Bringing Aboriginal culture and biodiversity together, western NSW

This is early notice of a weekend adventure currently being organised by FOG and Kosciuszko to Coast (K2C) at the Rick Farley Reserve, beside Mungo National Park. Friday 6 and Monday 9 are travel days. The weekend will explore ways of bringing Aboriginal culture and threatened species and ecological communities together. This trip is in early days of planning. If you are interested or curious, contact Geoff Robertson (geoff.robertson@fog.org.au or 02 6241 4065).

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 please Contact Us