The guest speaker for the CFNC’s August 2016 general meeting is renowned naturalist Alan Reid. The title of his presentation is “A Regional Model for Community Environmental Monitoring – Flinders Island 2003- 2016”. The meeting is be be held on Friday 12 August, commencing from 7.30pm. As per usual, the talk will be held in the Fellowship Room, behind the Uniting Church on Lyttleton St, Castlemaine (next door to the Art Gallery). Guests are welcome.
A summary of Alan’s extensive background is provided below:
- Alan Reid is a retired teacher, naturalist and environmental writer who began his nature event recording in 1954.
- He was co-founder of the Colac Field Naturalists Club whilst teaching at Colac from 1954 to 1959 and from 1959 to 1966 he taught Natural History at the Childrens’ School Camp at Somers.
- He taught Ecology and Field Studies at Burwood Teachers’ College from 1967 to 1973, and was Education Officer for both the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Gould League between1970 and 1985 where he produced many conservation and natural history publications.
- From 1990 to 2000 he was President of the Gould League and a regular commentator on ABC radio.
- In 1993 he established the Timelines Australia Project, which is still devoted to producing environmental event calendars and predictive materials for bio-regions around Australia.
- Alan has been a qualified bird-bander for over 60 years and has been involved in developing and monitoring wildlife corridors on the family farm at Glenburn and on Flinders Island.
- In 1985 he was awarded the inaugural Victorian Environmental Award; in 1993 the Australian Natural History Medallion, in 1988 a Banksia Foundation Award, and in 2006 an OAM for service to Environmental Education
Appropriately, the club excursion the next day is to partake in the regular monitoring for Swift Parrots. Another blog will be prepared for further information about this excursion.