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

The November 2022 calendar is at FoG calendar November 2022.pdf.

Summary of upcoming FOG Events

Thurs 27 Oct, 9am-3pm, Ginninderry Trust scrape monitoring. Register: john.fitzgerald@fog.org.au.

Sun 30 Oct, 2- 4.30pm, Flea Bog Flat, Bruce. Register for map and parking info: Julia fleabogflat@hotmail.com.

Sat-Sun 5-6 Nov, Weekend away at Shoalhaven River properties in the Big Hole area. Register: margaret.ning@fog.org.au.

Thurs 10 Nov, 10am-3.30pm Scottsdale Monitoring. Inquiries & contact:.linda.spinaze@fog.org.au.Grassland vegetation surveys. 

Sun 13 Nov, 9:30 am, Gurubung Dhaura (Stirling Park) Guided Walk – with ACF. Contact: Michael Hemsley michael.hemsley@gmail.com.

Fri 25 Nov, 1-3pm, FOG visit to Jarramlee Nature Reserve, West Macgregor. Register: margaret.ning@fog.org.au.

Fri 9 Dec 5pm, FOG End of year celebration, Conservation Council, Barry Drive. Register: margaret.ning@fog.org.au.

Summary of upcoming FOG Work parties

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

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

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

Summary of Notices

Sat 29 Oct, 11am-3pm, RESCHEDULED FOG @ Gungahlin Festival Stall at Yerrabi Pond District Park. Register: geoff.robertson@fog.org.au.

4 Nov, Severn Park Regenerative Agriculture visit to update on property outcomes. For further information: contact@uppersnowylandcare.org.au.

Tues 22 Nov, Harry Rose advanced grass ID course, ANBG. To register or learn more, contact john.fitzgerald@fog.org.au.as soon as possible.

Sat 26 Nov, Sustainable Lands Project Monaro grasslands tour to Old Cooma Common Grassland Reserve and Top Hut Travelling Stock Reserve. RSVP by 23 Nov:.contact@uppersnowylandcare.org.au.

The Canberra Birds Conservation Fund Grants.


Details of FOG Events

Thurs 27 Oct 9am-3pm Ginninderry Trust scrape monitoring. Register:.john.fitzgerald@fog.org.au.

The third year of Ginninderry Trust monitoring will be held at the scrape established in 2020. FOG volunteers and Ginninderry Conservation Trust staff will monitor two plots inside the scrape plus a control plot outside, and run vegetation transects in the scrape. We invite past volunteers to join us, and/or members who would like to learn the ‘monitoring’ ropes. If washed out, backup date will be Thurs 3 Nov.

Sun 30 Oct, 2- 4.30pm, Flea Bog Flat, Bruce. Register for map and parking info: Julia fleabogflat@hotmail.com.

A spring time visit to Flea Bog Flat, Bruce to see how it looks after a couple of good seasons. Our last visit to was in autumn so this time we'll be keen to see some spring wildflowers which are abundant on this block such as showy yam daises and bulbine lilies. The Friends of Flea Bog Flat have had a Management Plan for the site prepared by ecologist Dr Catherine Ross, funded by an ACT Government grant, and have just started implementing its recommendations. The local volunteers are keen to learn more about plant ID and may like to buddy with FOG members on the day.

Sat-Sun 5-6 Nov 2022, Weekend away at Shoalhaven River properties in the Big Hole area. Register: margaret.ning@fog.org.au.

We will visit two Shoalhaven River properties with distinctly different veg types. We have visited one of them a couple of times previously, with its open heathland and basically weed free state; and the other is more of a forest woodland, with a wide range of species. We can camp, camper van, or stay in accommodation on the properties. We can arrive on Friday afternoon, or leave it till Saturday morning. It will be a leisurely weekend!

Thurs 10 Nov, 10am-3.30pm Scottsdale Monitoring. Inquiries & contact:.linda.spinaze@fog.org.au.Grassland vegetation surveys. 

Sun 13 Nov, 9:30 am, Gurubung Dhaura (Stirling Park) Guided Walk – with ACF

Gurubung Dhaura (also known as Stirling Park) on the Burley Griffin lake front, is a significant site for Ngunnawal people. Gurubung Dhaura is home to many significant local native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, grasses and wildlife.

The area is ecologically important to the ACT, with large areas of critically endangered natural temperate grasslands and box gum woodlands and threatened flora and fauna species. The area is home to the spotted pardalote, the yam daisy and button wrinklewort.

The Australian Conservation Foundation’s Canberra Community Group, with support from Friends of Grasslands who have a long association with the area, invite you to join a guided walk through this area.

Starting from the dirt carpark on Alexandrina Drive Yarralumla opposite the Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club we will walk a 5km loop track (there and back) on a moderately easy path which is mostly paved with gentle hilly parts throughout.

This will be a ticketed event with registrations and payments via Eventbrite. Contact: Michael Hemsley, michael.hemsley@gmail.com, for further details. Eventbrite link.

Fri 25 Nov 1-3pm, Jarramlee Nature Reserve, West Macgregor to see the management achievements there, the grassland, and possibly some Golden Sun Moths flying if the weather is good. Register: margaret.ning@fog.org.au.

Jarramlee Nature Reserve was established in 2012 as an environmental offset reserve for the loss of Natural Temperate Grasslands (NTG) and Golden Sun Moth (GSM) habitat now under urban development at Lawson. It forms part of Gooromon Grasslands. There are several objectives set out for land managers at Jarramlee, with some unique challenges that require careful consideration. Rehabilitation works are being undertaken in riparian zones, drainage lines and dry ridges. Ranger Craig Wainwright will present an overview of the strategies and methods adopted to address many of the challenges and visit some rehabilitation planting sites. Afterwards we can wander around pockets of the grassland.

Fri 9 Dec 5pm, End of Year Celebration, Conservation Council, Barry Drive.

We shall hold our End of Year Celebration indoors this year, without fear of inundation! Would anyone like to volunteer to organise it, with help from committee members? Register: margaret.ning@fog.org.au.

Early warning of FOG future events

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

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, 0407 265 131.

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 are held on Sunday mornings 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. Register interest for future work parties: margaret.ning@fog.org.au

Work parties are an opportunity for members to see the aftermath of the 9 August ecological burn, do some weeding and enjoy what’s there. Future dates to be advised.

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

Details of Notices

Sat 29 Oct, 11am-3pm, RESCHEDULED FOG @ Gungahlin Festival Stall at Yerrabi Pond District Park. Register: geoff.robertson@fog.org.au

FOG will team up with the Ginninderra Catchment Group (GCG), the Landcare ACT (LACT) wellbeing program and the Conservation Council to hold a stall at the Gungahlin Community Picnic. Please let us know if you have any ideas to promote FOG and/or can join us. It should be fun and an ideal way to promote what we and other groups are doing to promote nature in the city. 

4 Nov, Severn Park Regen Ag visit to update on property outcomes. For further information contact@uppersnowylandcare.org.au.

Tues 22 Nov, Harry Rose advanced grass ID course, ANBG. Tues 22 Nov, Harry Rose advanced grass ID course, ANBG. To register or learn more, contact: john.fitzgerald@fog.org.au.as soon as possible.

The National Seedbank at ANBG has organised a training course in Grass Identification. 2022. The course will be run by well-known grass-ID expert and agonomist from Northern NSW, Harry Rose. Harry is the lead author of the NSW DPI resource "Grasses of the NSW Tablelands" and regularly runs ID workshops for Local Land Services throughout NSW.

ANBG advises that there are a few places open for the 1-day advanced ID course that will run on Tuesday Nov 22 at ANBG. The charge will be $100 for this day.

Harry describes his advanced course as follows: Grass Identification using "Grasses of NSW" (Jacobs, Whalley & Wheeler). This course is a mix of formal presentation and hands-on and will be over 8 hrs. Participants must already be familiar with grass terminology (viz flowerhead types, descriptors of structures like ligules, florets, glumes, awns etc). Instruction concentrates on the keys to genera but occasionally goes into species keys.

Hand lenses will be used, not microscopes. 25% of the course will run outdoors to simulate field ID (if conditions are suitable), but will run inside if not. To register or learn more, contact john.fitzgerald@fog.org.au as soon as possible.

Sat 26 Nov, Sustainable Lands Project (SLP) Monaro grasslands tour to Old Cooma Common Grassland Reserve and Top Hut Travelling Stock Reserve. RSVP by 23 Nov: contact@uppersnowylandcare.org.au Old Cooma Common Grassland Reserve (OCCGR) comprises a diversity of native grasses, particularly kangaroo grass and snow grass, and a variety of wildflowers. It is also the home of the Monaro Golden Daisy. In spring, Top Hut Travelling Stock Reserve (THTSR) comes alive with a diversity of flowers, many of which feature on the cover of Grassland Flora. It also has a population of the Monaro grassland earless dragon.

The Canberra Birds Conservation Fund has been established for the purpose of supporting the Canberra Ornithologists Group’s (COG's) environmental objects by receiving and disbursing tax-deductible donations. The Fund welcomes applications from individuals and organisations for grants to support projects that will contribute to achieving its environmental objectives one of which is 'to promote the conservation of native birds and their habitats'. Applications may be submitted at any time of the year. For full details go to Conservation Fund - Canberra Birds.


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