Looking south-east over the Silver Wattles


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Skemps Day - Saturday 9 - Christmas at Skemps

Members are welcome to invite their family and friends to join them at the end of year function at Skemps.

If you and your guests would like to participate in the Secret Santa (optional), please provide an appropriate wrapped gift up to $10 to put under the tree and ensure your name is placed on Santa's list when you arrive at the Centre. Please lable your gift 'male' or 'female' if the gift is gender specific. If you bring a child you can bring a gift for them, well labeled with their name, which will be given out seperately. We hope that Santa will make an appearance prior to afternoon tea. Everyone attending will go in the lucky door prize so get your ticket on arrive.

Please bring your own lunch, the BBQ will be lit if you would like to bring something to cook, and a plate of food to share for afternoon tea would be appreciated. Hot drinks will be provided.

Field Trip - Sunday 3 December - Central Plateau with Deb Hunter

Meet at Mole Creek for departure to Lake McKenzie at 9.30am to look at the plant recovery following the 2016 bushfires. Bring lunch, clothing suited to all weather (woollies and sunhat), camera etc. The walk will not be very strenuous and we will probably lunch at the hut on the lake. Please note not meeting at the Museum carpark, if you need a lift ring a Committee Member to find out who you can approach for a ride.

Field Trip - Saturday 18 November - Tom Gibson Reserve

We will meet at the corner of Barton Road (opposite the Service Station) at Epping Forest at 9.45. The Reserve is 2-3 kms down Barton Road.

The ground in the Reserve is flat and suitable for all levels of fitness. We have access to a key so can drive into the Reserve and travel further afield. Bring lunch, drinks and a camp chair, unless happy with a log. Don't forget your camera and binoculars.

Field Trip - Saturday 4 to Monday 6 November - Maria Island

Heading off on the 10.30am ferry on Saturday, returning on the 3.30pm ferry on Monday. Prue has booked accommodation in the Penitentiary for the 2 nights. Cost is $44 a room for 2 people per night, plus $10 each extra person. Ferry is $50 return for an adult ticket and under the new ferry arrangements, your ticket covers only one small 'carry-on' bag up to 7kg and no larger than 600 x 400 x 300mm (approx). All backpacks, sleeping bags, eskys etc will cost extra.

For further details regarding luggage and freight costs and tips for packing, visit https://encountermaria.com.au/timetable-pricing-luggage-check/.

Prue has advised that we can expect a full moon and low tides while we are there, great for evening walks and rockpooling.

Field Trip - Sunday 5 November - Birds, Water and a little Geology

Central North Field Naturalists Club has extended an invitation to members to join them for their field trip in Launceston. They will meet at 10am at the carpark at Queechy Lake from where they will take a short drive to Punchbowl Reserve for a rest stop and walk to the Natural Fissue. They will return to Queechy Lake for a birdwatching session until lunchtime. In the afternoon, there will be optional visits to McDonald's Farm (Stonesthrow) and Tamar Island Wetlands. Contact either of the walk leaders: Erika Cox (6343 2097; 0409 746 322) or Patricia Ellison (6428 2062 ; 0437 282 073) if you would like further information.

Field Trip - Friday 13 to Sunday 15 October - East Coast

Attend the North Eastern Field Naturalists Club's field trip on Saturday looking for native orchids around the Ansons Bay area, meeting at the Bay at 10am. On Sunday we will travel to the Winifred Curtis Reserve at Scamander to explore the area and take photos of plants for the new edition of our Club's field guide. Tom T is looking for other interesting activities for us to visit in the area. Expressions of interest ESSENTIAL and places limited on the Saturday, so contact the Secretary asap.

Annual General Meeting - Tuesday 3 October - Plough Inn, Launceston

All members are invited to attend the AGM and dinner meeting (meal and drinks at own expense) to be held at the Plough Inn, Brisbane Street, Launceston. Meet at the venue upstairs, 6 for 6.30 pm start. There is off-street parking behind the venue and a Care Carpark nearby in Brisbane Street, don't forget to feed the meter!

The Plough Inn's menu offers many choices in seafood, chicken, beef and pizzas. Nightly specials are also offered. RSVP'S are essential, please contact Karen on 6344 2277 by Friday 29 September if you are attending.

All four executive positions (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer) and six committee member positions will become vacant at this meeting. If you would like to volunteer yourself or nominate another member for a position, your completed nomination form with nominees signature, must be lodged with the Secretary ten days prior to the AGM. Access the nomination form here.

Field Trip - Sunday 10 September - Connorville with Tanya Bailey

We will meet in Longford at 10am on the roadside alongside the park (on the left, down the main street). Tanya will lead us to Connorville where we will see how much the plantation has grown since our last visit in April 2015. From there we may continue on to Beaufront near Ross another planting site. We could lunch in a warm cafe or bakery on the way.

Bring plenty of warm clothing as it will be much colder there than last time, lunch and drinks if you dont want to eat at the cafe/bakery and camera etc. Bring photos from 2015 visit for comparison.

Weekend in the South - Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 August - Mt Pleasant Radio Telescope Observatory and Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary

On Saturday morning we travel to Cambridge where will tour the Mt Pleasant site and visit a nearby nature reserve. It has been suggested that we get together for an evening meal near to our overnight accommodation. On Sunday we will travel to the wildlife sanctuary at Bagdad touring the Chauncy Vale homestead before lunch and then we can explore the sanctuary and maybe find a cave. Contact Judith if you need any further information.

Outing - Tuesday 11 July - Collections at the QVMAG

Today we visit the QVMAG and will be shown some of the interesting items in the natural history collection by their lovely staff. Meet at the Museum for a 10am start. We will have lunch in the Tram Carriage from 12 noon onwards. If you would like to pre-order your lunch contact our President, Judith.

Field Trip - Saturday 17 June - Wombats at Kelso

Members wanting to car pool should meet at the Musem carpark, Inveresk at 9.00am departing shortly after, otherwise meet at the Kelso Community Centre on Foreshore Road at 10.00am (allow approximately 45 minutes from Launceston). With John Harris we will hear and see what the local community are doing to help the wombats.

Bring lunch and drinks, cameras etc. We will head to Yorktown for lunch, take a stroll through the Yorktown Reserve and look for fungi on a nearby private property.

Field Trip - Sunday 7 May - Cluan Tier for fungi and ferns

Members to meet at Museum carpark at Inveresk for carpooling, departing at 9.00am. We will travel to Westbury meeting at Andy's Bakery between 9.30-9.40am to follow our leader Rob Mitchelson to the walk site. The walk follows an old logging tram track along the Eden Rivulet.

Bring wet weather gear and warm clothing, possibly gumboots, camera, field guides etc., lunch/drinks and something to sit on.

Federation Weekend at Ben Lomond - Friday 14 to Sunday 16 April

This weekend will be hosted by the Tasmanian Field Naturalists Club, staying in Rover Ski Club accommodation (seperate rooms not bunkhouse).

Accommodation has been booked for the nights of Friday 14 and Saturday 15, (http://roverskiclub.com).

The cost is $36 per person for the first night, $35 per person for the second night. (Children 4-16yo $26 and $25). A deposit of 1 nights accommodation must be paid by March 4th. Pay by direct deposit to BSB 067102 A/c 2800 0476. Please identify your payment with your name and initial.

Cheque payments should be sent to Club Secretary at GPO Box 68, Hobart 7001.

Suggested excursions are Baker Lake, Plains of Heaven or coal mines, depending on the weather. Perhaps a BBQ on Saturday night, and a speaker for Saturday night has not been confirmed. More information to follow.

Please contact Margaret Warren for further information, Phone 0407 873 513 or Email: mawarren@optusnet.com.au

Field Trip - Saturday 18 February - Hollybank Pond for bird watching

Members to meet at Museum carpark at Inveresk for carpooling, departing at 9.30am or travel direct, to arrive at the Hollybank Forest Reserve, meeting in the carpark at 10.00am.

Dr Nigel Forteath will lead the outing taking us to the pond to look for birds and anything else of interest. There is a second pond in the Reserve for those that would like to walk a little further.

Bring your lunch, camera and bird guides etc.

Field Trip - Friday 3 to Sunday 5 February - Ben Lomond

Members are invited to attend this two day field trip to Ben Lomond National Park where we will be staying at the Borrowdale Ski Chalet. Peter should have the chalet open by 10.30am on the Friday for your arrival.

This is a very interesting place to visit with many walks varying in length and difficulty, great photographic opportunities of an unusual terrain and the wildflowers will hopefully be looking good at this time of year. If an overnight stay is not for you, come for the day and explore this wonderful area.

Please contact Peter Warren if you would like to reserve a bed. You will need to bring a sleeping bag or sheets and blankets, pillows and enough food and drink for your stay, the closest shop is approximately 50 kilometres away.

A day visit will cost each person $4.00. The cost for staying overnight will be $16.00 per person per day. The temperature and weather can change quite quickly, so be prepared for all types of weather and don't forget your camera. As this visit is to a national park, all cars need to display a current Parks Pass.

Field Trip - Wednesday 25 to Friday 27 January - assist with Crowded Leek Orchid Monitoring at Surrey Hills with Phil Collier.

Members who would like to assist with this monitoring should contact Phil direct on 0438 122 110 (please leave a message if no answer) before 1 January 2017 to register. A copy of the tentative schedule and other information is available from Karen, phone 6344 2277.

Field Trip - Thursday 12 January - Bakers Beach, follow-up Saltmarsh Wetland Monitoring

We will meet at the Visitor Interpretation Centre at Bakers Beach at 10.45 am, so that we can observe the birds as the tide comes in. You will need to bring clothing suitable for all weather types, your Guide to the Plants of Tasmanian Saltmarsh Wetlands, bird guides and binoculars. We will most likely have lunch and look further afield, so bring food and drinks as well. As this is a National Park a parks pass will be required. If you would like any further information contact Prue on 6394 4198.

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