Inspired by the amazing displays across the local bushlands, an unprecedented fifth Wednesday Wildflower Walk is being hosted by the Castlemaine FNC this Wednesday afternoon (12 Oct 2016). It will depart from the Octopus building car-park on Duke St (i.e., the U3A building opposite the Castle Motel) at 4pm. The excursion leader will be club member and botanist Richard Piesse. Members and visitors welcome to attend. No cost, and no RSVPs required. Hope to see you there.
The tropical north of Australia has some of the most amazing landscapes and birdwatching of anywhere in the world. For the October CFNC general meeting, we are indeed fortunate to have Peter Turner (with input from Rosemary Turner, Cheryl Taylor and Ron Wescott) talk about their recent adventure to this area.
Peter writes “We had never managed to get to Darwin or Kakadu, so joining Philip and Patricia Maher’s Top End Birding tour for 2016 was a way to see the birds of the region with experienced guides, and to get an introduction to the landscapes and plants. Some months after booking, we found that CFNC members Cheryl Taylor and Ron Wescott had booked, too. So 4 of the 6 participants were from Castlemaine!
The talk will focus on some of the best birds and the range of landscapes we saw over the nine days of the first part of the tour, after which Rosemary and I visited Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) before returning to Darwin. Cheryl and Ron have provided notes on the highlights of the second part, across from Katherine to Kununurra, with a flying visit to the Mitchell Falls.”
The talk is on Friday 14 October, commencing from 7.30pm. As per usual, it is being held in the Fellowship Room, in the hall behind the Uniting Church, Lyttleton St, Castlemaine (next door to the Art Gallery & Museum). Both members are visitors are welcome to attend. No cost for entry. Stick around afterwards for a cup of tea and a chat.
Look forward to seeing you there!
There is a Native Orchid festival being held in Hamilton on the weekend of the 8-9 October.
On the Saturday, there will be a seminar covering a variety of orchid related topics including identifying orchids by their leaves.
On the Sunday 9th October there will be bus trips to orchid sites, and alsoa Botanical Art Workshop and a Basket making workshop using native plant material.
The full program and registration details are available via this link (CLICK HERE).
I understand that registrations closed on 24th September, but you might be able to convince them of a late registration if you are particularly keen! Good luck, and apologies for the late notification.
On Saturday 24 September, the new Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests publication, Eucalypts of the Mount Alexander Region, will be launched by Geoff Park, well known local environmentalist and author of the Natural Newstead blog.
From the FOBIF website, “This 90 page guide aims to help the beginner train the eye to see the differences between eucalypts – and to appreciate how spectacular they sometimes are. It presents the commonest species of the Mount Alexander Region, generously illustrated, and clearly described in plain language. Though firmly based on one local area (the forests and reserves around the town of Castlemaine), it describes species common to the whole Box-Ironbark region, and would be useful to any enthusiast in that region, from Ararat to Chiltern.” (Click HERE and HERE to see further info from FOBIF on this topic). For anyone living near or visiting the forest of central Victoria, this will be an valuable addition to their library or field kit.
The CFNC has provided support towards the publication of this book, and one of the authors is CFNC life member Ern Perkins. Of the other authors, Bronwyn Silver is also a CFNC member, and Bernard has given two popular talks at CFNC general meetings in recent years.
The book’s cost is $10 and people buying it at the launch will receive a selection of free tree-related bookmarks and a FOBIF fungi poster. Proceedings will start at 10.30am sharp in the Castlemaine library foyer. Refreshments will be served. No RSVPs are required, and everyone is welcome.
Each Spring, the Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club hosts a series of Wednesday afternoon wildflower walks. With all of the rain over recent weeks and months, this is shaping up as being one of the best wildflower seasons in many years. There are three more walks being held this year, all departing at 4pm sharp from the Octopus building car-park (Duke St, opposite the Castle Motel). Members and visitors are welcome.
Wednesday 21 Sept – Location: Pipeline Track. Leader: Geraldine Harris
Wednesday 28 September – Location: TBD. Leader: George Broadway
Wednesday 5 October – Location: TBD. Leaders: Peter and Rosemary Turner
The guest speaker for the September 2016 CFNC general meeting is Ballarat-based naturalist Peter Muller. Peter’s presentation will be about the great variety of interesting ants that occur in the local area and beyond. Peter has provided the following text about himself and the talk:
Early life; lived, trained/educated/qualified in agriculture. Changed direction and pursued a career in natural land management. Worked for various environmental organisation, Parks Victoria and Conservation and land management, and the various forms that it has morphed into over the years. Have gained substantial land management experience in a variety disciplines and responsibilities. Over 30 years have worked in conservation in most areas in Victoria.
For the last 15 years, until recently retired, I have worked in environmental education with Ballarat/Federation University, a challenging but rewarding profession. Now with a bit of time on my hands, I am devoting some of it researching ants and, hopefully, to answering some question about ants that I have had for many years. I hope, along the way, I can add a little bit to our environmental knowledge, and add value to natural areas particularly, roadside and remnants.
I live at Enfield south of Ballarat, and have three daughters in various parts of the world.
Peter will also lead the club excursion on the following day. The following link provides some further information to assist with ant nest identification during the excursion (CLICK HERE).
Peter’s presentation will commence from 7.30pm in the Fellowship Room behind the Castlemaine Uniting Church (on Lyttleton St, next door to the Art Gallery and Museum) on Friday 9 September. The excursion will depart from the Octopus building car-park on Duke St (opposite the Castle Motel) at 1.30pm sharp on Saturday 10 September. Members and visitors are welcome to attend both.