Fri 9 Dec 2016 – Reminder for CFNC meeting

A last minute reminder that the final Castlemaine Field Naturalist Club evening for 2016 is being held tonight.

As has been the tradition for many years, the December meeting is the opportunity for club members to give a brief presentation (~5 minutes) on a natural history topic of their choice.  And delivered in the manner of their choice (e.g. slideshow, poem, story, song – although preferably not interpretative dance!).

If you are to give a presentation that involves the computer and/or projector, you are encouraged to arrive early to ensure that the technology is compatible and operating.  This will also help to make the evening run smoothly, with minimal delay between presenters.

You are also encouraged to bring along a plate of food to share afterwards.  Tea and coffee will be available.

The meeting is being held in the Fellowship Room behind the Uniting Church on Lyttleton St.  The evening will kick off at 7.30pm.  Visitors are very welcome.

14 Aug 2015 – Bendigo’s Botanical Wonders

The guest presenter for the August meeting of the Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club (CFNC) is Rodney Orr, a highly respected ecologist from Bendigo.

Rodney was editor and compiler of the book “The Orchids of Bendigo’, and has also contributed many articles to Whirrakee (the newsletter of the Bendigo Field Naturalists Club) over a number of years and decades.  He has given many talks to field naturalists clubs on topics such as Indigenous Plants, Orchids, Weeds & Fungi as well as speaking about aspects of some of his travels.

His talk to the CFNC is titled “Bendigo’s Botanical Wonders”, and will no doubt be filled with interesting stories and a slideshow full of amazing images (as photography is one of his favourite hobbies).

The presentation will be held in the Fellowship Room from 7.30pm on Friday 14 August (although you can arrive from 7pm for a cup of tea and a chat beforehand).  The Fellowship room is located behind the Uniting Church on Lyttleton St in Castlemaine (next door to the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Museum).  Everyone is welcome and there is no cost for entry.

If you are inspired by this talk, the club’s excursion on the following day (Sat 15 Aug) is to the Whipstick mallee forests to the north of Bendigo.  Details to be provided at the Friday evening meeting.


New CFNC Brochures & Webpage

CFNC club member Ern Perkins has recently put together five new and updated local natural history brochures.

  • A Walk On the Kalimna Circuit Track
  • A Walk to the Botanic Gardens via Kalimna Reserve
  • Significant Trees in the Castlemaine Botanic Gardens
  • Kalimna Park Indigenous Plant List
  • A Walk In Dead Horse Gully, Norwood Hill

These are all available to be downloaded from the new page that has been added to the CFNC website (Info_Booklets).

This new webpage will eventually include links to all of the information brochures that have been released by the club.