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

Sat 27 Nov, 9am-noon, visit Ballyhooly near Bungendore.  Contact:  margaret.ning@fog.org.au

Sat 11 Dec, 10am-3pm, rescheduled visit to Dacelo, south of Braidwood on Araluen Rd. Contact margaret.ning@fog.org.au 

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

Summary of upcoming FOG Work parties

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

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

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

Wed 1 Dec 9-11.30am

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

Sat 4 Dec 9:30 start.  Working bee, weeding & fun.

Summary of Notices

This spring’s hotspot group

Ideal Christmas Gifts

Donate to FOG Public Fund


Details of FOG Events

Sat 27 Nov 9am-noon, Ballyhooly is a 437 ha property near Bungendore, approximately an hour from Canberra. It is being managed for conservation and has had no stock since 2008. It contains yellow box-red gum grassy woodland (an endangered ecological community) including large old yellow box, and dry sclerophyll open woodland. For those who have visited before, the owners hope you will see the property in much better shape than previously, with a reasonable display of wildflowers, as both previous times were very dry. This time we will go to an area we haven’t been before. Contact: margaret.ning@fog.org.au 

Sat 11 Dec 10am-3pm visit to Dacelo, south of Braidwood on Araluen Rd. Dacelo includes forest, woodland, grassland and wetland areas. Summers are warm to hot, and winters are cold with occasional severe frosts. Annual rainfall used to be about 700mm although it has fluctuated above and below that level in recent years. Soil is dominated by decomposed granite. Next door to Dacelo, over the farming fences, is the magic of Monga. Our hosts, Clare Henderson and Larry O'Loughlin will welcome us with morning tea and we shall then wander around, hopefully adding to the existing plant species list. Larry and Clare will mark up their bush tucker plants, and show us their seedlings of native potato, native parsnip, native turmeric, warrigal greens, riberry trees and cider gums, which will be planted out in early November. Lunch will be provided (something simple that complies with the regulations), and we may visit a neighbouring TSR if we have time. More details when you register with Margaretmargaret.ning@fog.org.au 

Tues 14 Dec 5-7pm, FOG Christmas celebration, Blue Gum Point, Yarralumla. 

Come and celebrate the end of what has been a challenging year at Blue Gum Point (near the carpark by the rusty DNA sculpture on Alexandrina Drive), Yarralumla. We will provide beverages and enough finger food to fill tummies. Please let us know if you have any allergy concerns. You need to register so that we know numbers for catering and for any last minute updates on changes due to weather. Inquiries: geoff.robertson@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 grassy ecosystem forums

We wish to hold these online forums monthly. For suggestions for 2022 and inquiries: geoff.robertson@fog.org.au

FOG Field trips & visits to properties

Suggestions for 2022 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.

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 first and fourth Wednesday of the month. The last work party for 2021 will be:

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

Scottsdale Monitoring

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). Remaining work party for 2021 is:

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

Details of Notices

The hotspot group

As with last year, 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.) 

Ideal Christmas Gifts

The Last Dragon by Charles Massy; illustrated by Mandy Foot, RRP $19.99

Beneath the western mountains, on the open plains of the high Monaro where the skies are blue and big, there lived a little dragon lizard. Timpo is the smartest, best-disguised lizard in Narrawallee, the Big Grass Country. Wolfie the spider is his good friend, they embark on a journey to discover if Timpo is indeed the last dragon left in the valley.

The Last Dragon is prominent agricultural and conservation figure Charles Massy’s first children’s book. Massy drew inspiration for the story from his own backyard – Severn Park is home to a population of Monaro Grassland Earless Dragons. Enjoyed by all ages, and suitable for ages 4+.  Available at Dymocks, the National Library bookshop (either in-person or online at https://bookshop.nla.gov.au ) or at all good bookshops.

Books available through FOG

Grassland Flora. $20 per copy plus postage
Woodland Flora. $25 per copy plus postage
Field Guide to Plants of the Molonglo Valley (Barrett, Cosgrove and Milner), $45 per copy plus postage.
Land of Sweeping Plains: Managing and restoring the native grasslands of south-eastern Australia, $48 per copy plus postage.
Ngunnawal Plant Use, a traditional Aboriginal plant use guide for the ACT region. $22 per copy plus postage.
For details see http://www.fog.org.au/publications.htm. Copies may also be collected in person from Sarah in Fraser (booksales@fog.org.au)

Donate to FOG Public Fund

Donations to the public fund enables FOG to provide small grants of up to $1500 for research, publications, education and on-ground projects to support grassy ecosystems. FOG awarded $9792 grants in total in the 2021 round of Grassy Ecosystem Grants.

The fund also collects donations from members and friends who wish to support our FOG TSR management project.  To make a donation check out http://www.fog.org.au/donations.htm.


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