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

Thur 26 May 10 am, Exploring Scottsdale. Register: margaret.ning@fog.org.au

Sat 4 June 6:30-11:00pm - World Environment Day dinner, National Museum of Australia For tickets - https://conservationcouncil.org.au/blog/2022/03/16/world-environment-day-dinner-2022/

Sun 5 June 10am-2pm, Planting and seed collection at Franklin Grassland (Budjan Galindji) Reserve. Inquiries: geoff.robertson@fog.org.au

Summary of upcoming FOG Work parties

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

Sun 22 May 8:30am-1pm Gurubang Dhaura / Stirling Park

Sun 19 Jun 8:30am-1pm Gurubang Dhaura / Stirling Park

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

Wed 25 May 9-11:30am

Wed 1 &29 Jun 9-11:30am

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

Sat 1 Oct 9-11am

Sat 5 Nov 9-11am

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

Dates to be advised

Summary of Notices


Details of FOG Events

Sat 7 May 11am, Rally to Save Lawson Grasslands, Baldwin Drive across from Kaleen High School. Register here to let us know you are coming

FOG is supporting this extremely important Conservation Council event. Hear from expert speakers about why grasslands are important to protect. Learn about the animals and plants that live there. Find out what's driving DHA's development plans for the site in spite of planning rules saying the area is best suited to conservation. This will help raise awareness of the grasslands and ask Federal Election candidates to step up to protect them. 

Thur 26 May 10am, Exploring Scottsdale. Register: margaret.ning@fog.org.au

Have you ever been to Scottsdale, or have you ever wondered what is beyond the shearing shed there? This event will have FOG members exploring a Bush Heritage property at Scottsdale near Bredbo. This is a great opportunity to see the grasslands and efforts to restore them, the higher woodlands and their magnificent views, and the shores of the Murrumbidgee River. We plan to meet at the Scottsdale shearing shed at 10am, and travel in 4WD vehicles. Pleases bring a 4WD, if you have one. If you wish to carpool from Canberra, pleases contact Margaret to discuss options. People should bring their own lunch, or you may wish to purchase it at the Bredbo Pie Shop.

Sat 4 June 6:30-11:00pm - World Environment Day dinner, National Museum of Australia For tickets - https://conservationcouncil.org.au/blog/2022/03/16/world-environment-day-dinner-2022/

Join the FOG table at the Conservation Council’s World Environment Day dinner for a gala fundraising evening. This year's speaker is Professor Veena Sahajwalla, queen of re-use, passionate recycler, consistent with the ConCouncil’s theme for the year - Only One Earth. Veena is known for her regular appearances as a judge on the long-running ABC TV series ‘The New Inventors’ and as a guest on ‘Q& A’ and the ‘War on Waste.’ She is an internationally recognised materials scientist, engineer and inventor revolutionising recycling science, who was elected as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2018.

Dinner details:

Sun 5 June, 10am-2pm Planting and seed collection at Franklin Grassland (Budjan Galindji) Reserve. Inquiries: geoff.robertson@fog.org.au.

Join Suzanne Orr MLA with ACT Parks Rangers and Friends of Grasslands with a planting and seed collection day Franklin Grassland (Budjan Galindji) Reserve. We will meet at the north end of the reserve on Christina Steel Street, Franklin.

The day will focus on planting wattle trees and other shrubs in the woodland area to provide feeding and habitat for superb parrots and small birds. We will also demonstrate how to collect and grow seed. The area will be prepared for planting but if you have a spade or other favourite garden tool you might bring that. Suzanne will arrange a light lunch.

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 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) heavy rain.

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 with 10 to 30 participants held on Sunday mornings between 8:30 am and 1 pm unless otherwise stated:

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.

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 dress sensibly.

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.

Scottsdale Monitoring.  Inquiries & contact:  linda.spinaze@fog.org.au.

Details of Notices

FOG 2022 Grassy Ecosystem Grants – close 15 May

In 2022 FOG is again be offering a small number of grants, currently up to $1500 each, to support projects that promote the understanding, conservation and management of native grassy ecosystems. Information on how to apply may be found the FOG's website at http://www.fog.org.au.  Applications close Friday 13 May. Details about the grants process and projects supported to date can be obtained from the Supported Projects/Grants webpage at https://www.fog.org.au/supportedprojects.htm. For inquiries or to register your interest contact the FOG Supported Projects team at supportedprojects@fog.org.au.

New coordinator required for FOG newsletter

As mentioned in the previous Events & Notices issue, Geoff is stepping down from his role of coordinating the newsletter.  Geoff has finalised the May-June newsletter and will prepare the July-August, but that will be his last. The putting together of the newsletter and proof reading is ably done by Maree, Libby and Margaret, and Sue prepares some of the news items.  Geoff’s role  encompasses:

The job may take up to 40 hours over a two-month period. Geoff would be happy to discuss with anyone who might like to know more or is willing to take over.  geoff.robertson@fog.org.au      

New print run and prices for Woodland and Grassland Floras

FOG has done a new print run for the Floras, including some minor taxonomic changes in Woodland Flora. The cost of printing the books has risen. As a result, we have raised the price for Woodland Flora, but the price of Grassland Flora remains unchanged for members.

New prices are:

Woodland Flora: members $25; non-members $30

Grassland Flora: members $20; non-members $25.

The order form is available on the website at Publications (fog.org.au)   For more information contact Sarah at booksales@fog.org.au.


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