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.

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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

Tuesday 16 July: Workshop in the field, Franklin Grassland, a future conservation and recreation reserve

This workshop, 9.30–12, aims to discuss a concept plan to develop Franklin Grassland Reserve as a conservation and recreation reserve. It will consist of a walk around the key areas of the site accompanied by short addresses from Peter Hazell (Mulloon Institute), Donna Hazell (NSW Biodiversity Trust), Clare McInnes (Offset Unit, EPSDD), Suzanne Orr MLA, Karissa Preuss (Ginninderra Catchment Group) and Geoff Robertson (Friends of Grasslands). To inquire about the workshop, to register your interest, to obtain details of the meeting place and to receive further information, please contact geoff.robertson@fog.org.au or phone (02) 6241 4065 asap. The workshop is organised by Friends of Grasslands and Ginninderra Catchment Group, working with the Offset Unit, Environment Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD), and the Office of Suzanne Orr MLA.

Sunday 21 July, afternoon: FoG visit to grassy woodland in Griffith ACT

FOG is visiting the stimulating re-grasslanding by Griffith Woodland Volunteer Group and FOG members (see pp. 7–8 of the May–June newsletter) at Griffith ACT on Sunday 21 July. Meet at 2 pm on-site, parking at Carstenz St, Griffith, or on La Perouse St near the Brockman St intersection. The site is a hilltop, rocky in places but not steep. It is only a small area, and our ramble may take less than 1 hour – or more. Afterwards we are invited to tea and scones around the fire-pit in Libby’s nearby garden! To register (so we know how many scones, mugs ...), email ann.milligan@fog.org.au.

27 July and 3 & 10 August: Habitat corridors - science + art + environment

An invitation to work with artists and ecologists on habitat corridors. This will be an immersive science and creative interactive process beginning on 27 July and 3 August with two 6-hour workshops at the Old Court House in Harden-Murrumburrah. Learn about local threatened species including the Squirrel Glider, Superb Parrot, Scarlet Robin and the Flame Robin and their habitats during a workshop involving print making and paper dyeing. First, hear a talk by the Office of Environment and Heritage about the local and regional habitat corridors and their protection and growth. Then join in a 6-hour print making workshop responding to the local threatened species and their habitats, 10 am – 4 pm on both days. Then on 10 August, 2 – 5 pm, the works and processes from the printmaking classes will be exhibited alongside a forum at the Mechanics Institute in Harden. Five speakers at the forum will address arts and science for change. To register your interest in the classes or to RSVP to the forum, please contact Caitlan on phone 02 4823 4407 or by email: ao@southerntablelandsarts.com.au This program is offered by the Southern Tablelands Science Hub, Southern Tablelands Arts & NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (formerly OEH).

Friday 23 August: Travelling stock reserves near Bungendore with Rainer Rehwinkel

Rainer Rehwinkel, Lesley Peden & Liz O’Donnell are working with Molonglo Conservation Group to deliver a NSW Government-funded Saving our Species project. The project focuses on six travelling stock reserves near Bungendore NSW: Brooks Hill, Doughboy, Gidleigh, Sweeneys, Reedy Creek and Smiths Gap. The sites contain Natural Temperate Grassland, Tablelands Snow Gum Grassy Woodland and Box–Gum Woodland ecological communities and are home to a suite of threatened woodland birds. Molonglo Conservation Group invites FOG members to visit these TSRs with them on an all-day trip, on Friday 23 August. The sites are relatively near each other, and the day will include a lunch/toilet stop at Bungendore. Please register by email to ann.milligan@fog.org.au, so you can be sent full details of where & when to meet.

2019 ACT workparties at Stirling Park and Yarramundi

Your help is needed and always welcome.

Tools are provided. You need to wear 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 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 35oC or more; or there is a total fire ban.

When you register, you’ll be sent more details about the workparty: such as tasks, targets, and where to meet for Stirling Park, Yarralumla. Yarramundi Grassland is at 245 Lady Denman Drive, ACT 2611.

Calendar for work parties later this year

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

26–27 August 2019, Canberra: The National Biodiversity Offsets Conference. EIANZ – ACT and Victoria Divisions

See https://www.eianz.org/events/event/biodiversity-offsets-conference-2019-hotel-realm-canberra.

Saturday 31 August, 1pm – 4.30pm: FOG mid-winter talks & tea

This year’s talks and tea afternoon is in a new venue: the Banks Building at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, as an experiment. We have booked from 12.30 til 4.30, for a packed afternoon with three speakers: Juliey Beckman, on Antechinus in grasslands; and Sue McIntyre and Bill Willis speaking about establishing grassland species from seed: Sue, choice of species in relation to climate change; Bill, his seed production business. Be sure to register with ann.milligan@fog.org.au, for updates.

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