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

Summary of upcoming FOG Events

Wed 29 Sept 7-8.30pm, Bellarine GIG/FOG online session Hints on identifying grasses with Geoff Robertson.   Register with Michael: mrob3@mac.com

Thurs 4 Nov 8:30am-3pm Scottsdale Monitoring.  Contact linda.spinaze@fog.org.au

Sat 13 Nov all day, or join for individual sites, Visits to FOG’s Canberra grassy on-ground projects.  Register with andrew.zelnik@fog.org.au

Sat 20 Nov, all day visit to Dacelo, south of Braidwood.  Contact margaret.ning@fog.org.au

Summary of upcoming FOG Work parties

National Lands Group.  Register: jamie.pittock@fog.org.au

Sun 17 Oct 9am-noon, Gurubang Dhaura (Stirling) Park (likely to go ahead: see below).

Sun 21 Nov 9am-noon, Gurubang Dhaura (Stirling) Park

Sun 19 Dec 9am-noon, Gurubang Dhaura (Stirling) Park

Budjan Galindji (Franklin Reserve). Register: margaret.ning@fog.org.au

            Wed 27 Oct 9-11.30am

            Wed 3 Nov 9-11.30am

            Wed 24 Nov 9-11.30am

            Wed 1 Dec 9-11.30am

Top Hut, near Cooma, NSW.  Register: margaret.ning@fog.org.au

Sat 30 Oct 9:30am start.  Covid dependent. Fencing, some weeding & fun.

Hall Cemetery,  Register: john.fitzgerald@fog.org.au

 Sat 6 Nov 9am-noon. General weeding.

Summary of Notices

This spring’s hotspot group

Wed 13 Oct 7-8.30pm, Native Grasslands with Colin Seis, online session Contact: Michael: mrob3@mac.com

BCT calls for EOIs to earn payments for managing Monaro grasslands and woodland.  Closes 8 Oct 2021 

The NSW Environmental Trust is now inviting applications to its 2021-22 Environmental Education Grants Program.  Closes 5pm 8 Nov 2021.


Details of FOG Events

Details of events in October and November

Wed 29 Sept 7-8.30pm, Bellarine GIG/FOG online session Hints on identifying grasses with Geoff Robertson.  Being able to identify individual plant species is a challenge, but nevertheless important if we are to understand how to manage and restore our natural temperate grasslands. Why? because each species has its own unique habitat, behaviour, chemicals (nutrients and toxins) and way of providing shelter to other species. Grasses, while being flowering plants, are harder to identify as their flowers are less spectacular than most flower families and their numbers are huge. In NSW there are something like 150 genera of grasses and in many genera there are numerous species. Love grasses (Eragrostis) in NSW have something like 30 native and 10 introduced species. The session will focus on some hints that might make the task of identifying grasses a little easier.   This is a combined Bellarine Bellarine Grasslands Interest Group and FOG event. Register with Michael: mrob3@mac.com

Thurs 4 Nov 8:30am-3pm Scottsdale Monitoring.  This year we will not be monitoring African Lovegrass.  Instead, we will either be assisting with some detailed mapping of the reserve, or identifying plants in some of the 15 sites.  Brett, the Scottsdale ecologist, will provide further information later.  FOG is asking for volunteers who have some ID skills, or anyone who would like to develop those skills to assist.  Lunch is usually provided.  Meet

at Calwell, 8:30am to car-pool.  We usually finish about 3pm.  Contact

linda.spinaze@fog.org.au at least a week ahead so that she can organise the appropriate teams and high vehicles, (if necessary) for more remote sites.

Sat 13 Nov all day, or join for individual sites, Visits to FOG’s Canberra grassy on-ground projects.  Register with andrew.zelnik@fog.org.au

In June, we visited four sites from different FOG on-ground sites (a report of the event will appear in our Sept-Oct newsletter). Many participants suggested that it would be good to revisit the same sites to examine them at their best - in flower. So, we have planned to do that.    At each site there will be a reminder of what each site contributes to our knowledge and recovery of grassy ecosystems, and an opportunity for visitors to learn about the vision and strategy behind each, its history, trials and errors, discoveries and learning experiences, and its adaptive management plans. However, there will be a focus on looking at the many plant species in flower and, if we are lucky we may see some fascinating fauna. The program will be tight so participants are asked to make their own arrangements for lunch.

The program:

9-30-10.45am - Hall Cemetery

11am-12.15pm -Budjan Galindji (Franklin Reserve)

1.30-2.45 pm - Gurubang Dhaura (Stirling) Park

3-4.15pm - Yarramundi Grassland

Note you may join us for all or just selected sites. Register with andrew.zelnik@fog.org.au

Sat 20 Nov, all day visit to Dacelo, south of Braidwood on the Araluen Rd. Dacelo is a 20 acre block that includes forest, woodland, grassland and wetland areas. The soil is dominated by decomposed granite and the annual rainfall is around 700mm.  We shall wander around the property and have lunch there, add to the existing species list, and maybe visit a neighbouring TSR if we have time. Register: margaret.ning@fog.org.au

Early warning of FOG future events

Events and dates are indicative and may be subject to change. Details will be advised as more information is available.

FOG general forums & outreach events activities

Tues 14 Dec 5-7pm, FOG Christmas celebration. Inquiries: geoff.robertson@fog.org.au

FOG grassy ecosystem forums

We wish to hold these online forums monthly. For suggestions and inquiries: geoff.robertson@fog.org.au

FOG Field trips & visits to properties

Suggestions and inquiries: margaret.ning@fog.org.au

Details of FOG work parties

Registration

Participants need to register for these events at least two days before the event, to confirm details of the starting locations or any last-minute changes. Note: work includes weeding, planting and rubbish removal. Herbicides are often used so these events are not suitable for young children. 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 work party convener may provide morning tea, making these pleasant social occasions. Events will be cancelled if the weather is unsuitable: a) the forecast is 35 deg C+, b) it is a total fire ban day, c) there is lightning, d) air quality is hazardous, or e) there is heavy rain.

Budjan Galindji (Franklin Reserve) - Inquiries and registration: margaret.ning@fog.org.au

The Budjan Galindji (Franklin Reserve) Parkcare Group is organised by FOG and ACT Parkcare. Work parties have largely focused on plant identification and removing weeds, and some planting of grasses and forbs is planned. We are working closely with Ranger Martin Bajt. This is a great opportunity for participants in the group to learn about grassland plants and weeds and their management, and more generally how to restore our precious grasslands, including selecting, growing and reintroducing plants.  Work parties are from 9-11.30am on the first and fourth Wednesday of the month.

Wed 27 Oct 9-11.30am

            Wed 3 Nov 9-11.30am

            Wed 24 Nov 9-11.30am

            Wed 1 Dec 9-11.30am

 

Hall Cemetery - Inquiries and registration: john.fitzgerald@fog.org.au

FOG has held regular work parties at Hall Cemetery since 2009, aiming to remove weeds and restore the native grasses and wild flowers that were once present. Work parties are held from 9am-11am. You need to bring your own working tool, and, of course, dress sensibly.

Sat 6 Nov 9am-noon, General weeding.

Scottsdale Monitoring.  Contact linda.spinaze@fog.org.au

Thurs 4 Nov 8:30am-3pm see Details of events (above) for more information.

National Lands Group - Inquiries and registration:  jamie.pittock@fog.org.au

FOG’s National Lands Group is responsible for work on National Lands (Gurubang Dhaura /Stirling Park, Scrivener’s Hut, State Circle, Blue Gum Point & Yarramundi Grassland) managed by the National Capital Authority and Blue Gum Point managed by ACT Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS). Work parties planned in 2021 are:

Sun 17 Oct 9am-noon, Gurubang Dhaura (Stirling) Park. It looks like we may be allowed out this coming weekend (16-17 Oct). I’m scheduling the work party this coming Sunday (17 Oct) assuming that we can proceed under the groups up to 25 people socially distanced rule. As we need to cap numbers at 25, and may have to cancel, please register with me first: Jamie.pittock@fog.org.au or 0407 265 131. Our work party will focus on removing the remainder of the broken wire fence parallel to Alexandrina Dive, so please bring your own pliers, wire cutters and eye protection if you have them. There will be other tasks for those not into wrangling wire, including maintaining tree guards and rubbish removal. There will also be cutting and daubing, spraying for those so inclined, and rubbish removal work. We will meet at the management gate on Alexandrina Drive (a different one to the last work party), west of the intersection with Mariner Place and before the big rusty ‘DNA’ sculpture. Please wear enclosed shoes and bring your own eye protection and drinking water. To manage COVID risks, please:
• Bring your own morning tea and pen to sign in and out of the work party;
• Bring your own work gloves if you have them;
• Wear a mask and socially distance;
• Use the hand sanitizer on site in between handling different items.

Sun 21 Nov 9am-noon, Gurubang Dhaura (Stirling) Park

Sun 19 Dec 9am-noon, Gurubang Dhaura (Stirling) Park

Top Hut TSR, near Cooma, NSW. FOG leases this TSR and manages it for its conservation values. It is possibly the most beautiful grassland on the Monaro and with a spectacular display of flowers, particularly in spring and has a population of the Monaro grassland earless dragon. For inquiries or to register contact: margaret.ning@fog.org.au

Sat 30 Oct 9:30am start. Covid dependent. Main activity will be fencing, but with sidelines in weeding, observing the site, and enjoying each others’ company.

Details of Notices

This spring’s hotspot group

As with last year (COVID permitting), you can join our hotspot group to see special flowering as opportunities arise. Simply register with margaret.ning@fog.org.au and she will alert you of visits to see special flowerings as she hears of them, or you may alert her of such flowering. (It may only be short notice however.)

BCT calls for EOIs to earn payments for managing Monaro grasslands and woodland.

The Expression of Interest period closes on 8th Oct 2021.   

The Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) is calling for expressions of interest (EOI) from landholders in the Snowy Monaro local government area interested in earning annual management payments for conserving native grassland and snow gum woodland on their property. For more information, including eligibility criteria and details on the target vegetation communities, go to: https://www.bct.nsw.gov.au/current-conservation-tenders
(scroll down to the Snow Gum Woodlands and Grasslands conservation tender - south)
To express your interest in participating in this tender fill out an EOI form. Submit the form via email to info@bct.nsw.gov.au or call the BCT on 1300 992 688 to lodge your interest.

Wed 13 Oct 7-8.30pm, Native Grasslands with Colin Seis, online session.  Contact   Michael: mrob3@mac.com

Colin will cover topics of interest to GIG members and answer questions: How we destroyed our grasslands; How grasslands function (C3 and C4 plants); Restoring grasslands (management, harvesting seed, sowing seed, etc); Grazing management; How he restored his properties grassland; Research (results of trials etc.); and Restoring farm and soil ecosystems. https://soilsforlife.org.au/winona-resilience/. Colin also spoke recently to the Wimmera Biodiversity Forum and the recording is up on the SWIFT site - it’s a compelling story - https://www.swifft.net.au/cb_pages/wimmera_biodiversity_seminar_2021.php

The NSW Environmental Trust is now inviting applications to its 2021-22 Environmental Education Grants Program.  Applications close 5pm Monday 8 Nov 2021.
A total of $1 million is available for projects that develop, broaden and transform the community’s knowledge, skills and intrinsic motivation to undertake sustainable behaviour and encourage participation in protecting the environment.  Further information such as program guidelines, guidance documents and links to the online application portal are available on the Trust’s Environmental Education webpage. Contact the Trust on (02) 8837 6093 or email. For information on other Environmental Trust grants programs website.


Please advertise these events 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