Looking south-east over the Silver Wattles

MEETINGS AND FIELD TRIPS

General Meetings we hold at least six meetings a year and these are held on the first Tuesday of the month in Briggs Hall, at the Senior Campus of Scotch Oakburn College, 85 Penquite Road, Newstead, beginning at 7.30pm. Visitors are most welcome. For more information on our program see below or contact the Program Co-ordinator.

John Skemp Memorial Lecture is held as a tribute to John Skemp in May near the anniversary of his death. The lecture is given by an invited speaker an expert in their field of natural history.

Annual General Meeting is in October and is held at either Scotch Oakburn College or the John Skemp Field Centre at Myrtle Bank.

Field Trips are usually held during a weekend following the General Meeting. Until further notice, members should make their own travel arrangements to participate in club outings, contact the Program Co-ordinator, if you require further details.

Monthly Short Walks are of easy grade and will be held on the Thursday following the General Meeting. Meet in the carpark at the walk location at 10am.

Skemps Days meet at the property from 10.00am onwards for a social day where we take leisurely walks on the nature trails and participate in other activities. Visitors are welcome and should contact a club member for directions to the property.

Please note that the program is subject to alteration at short notice. This webpage will be updated as changes occur, notification will be sent by email and details given at the general meeting. Please contact the Program Co-ordinator if you have any questions about the details provided and to confirm/notify of attendance.

Tuesday Working Bee from 9.30 - 3pm at the John Skemp Forest Reserve a 62 ha property at Myrtle Bank. If you would like to help with ongoing weeding, track maintenance, and other jobs, please contact Noel Manning on 0458 030 767.

Program: January - December 2024

DATE
DETAILS
January Sunday 21
Field Trip
Survey of Inter-tidal Zone at Low Head. Meet at the viewing platform at 2pm to walk out with the tide on East Beach.
January Saturday 27
Community Volunteering

Ragwort Raid, meet at Nunamara Memorial Hall at 9am. (Tamar NRM event)

January Saturday 27
Skemps Day

Meet at the property from 1.30pm to look for Dragonflies & Damselflies with Nigel Forteath (cancelled due to the weather)

February
Saturday 3
Field Trip
Dragonflies & Damselflies at Four Springs with Professor Forteath, meet in the car park at 10.30am
February
Tuesday 6
General Meeting

Future Planning for the Club
Supper - Tina McGlynn

February
Thursday 8
Monthly Short Walk

Dragonflies and birds. Meet at 10am in the carpark under Perth Bridge for a river walk

February
Sunday 25
Skemps Day
Walk and talk - Insect hunt. Gate open at 10am.
March
Sunday 3
Community Volunteering
Clean-up Australia Day event on Newnham Creek with members of Litter Free Launnie, from 3.30-5.30pm. Contact Karen Manning for further details.
March
Tuesday 5
General Meeting

Member Speakers - Dave Allan and Katie Fuller, Travels Around the Sun - looking at the Earth's orbit, declination angle and the Equation of Time, and how these relate to navigation
Supper - Karen Manning

March
Thursday 7
Monthly Short Walk
Birds in the Gorge - Trevallyn carpark
March TBC
Field Trip
To be confirmed
March
Sunday 24
Skemps Day
Federation Corridor removal of remaining fence & plant guards
April
Tuesday 2
General Meeting
Guest Speaker - to be confirmed
Supper -
April
Thursday 4
Monthly Short Walk
Duck Reach Power Station
April
Sat27/Sun28
Skemps Day
Macroinvertebrate monitoring on Skemps Creek
May
Tuesday 7
General Meeting
John Skemp Memorial Lecture
Guest Speaker - Geoff Shannon - Birds
Supper -
May
Thursday 9
Monthly Short Walk
Native Point Nature Reserve at Swan Bay for birds
May TBC

Field Trip
With Geoff Shannon
May
Saturday 25
Skemps Day
Fungi hunt on the property
June
Tuesday 4
General Meeting

Guest Speaker - To be confirmed
Supper - Louise Skabo

June
Thursday 6

Monthly Short Walk

Hollybank Forest Reserve

June
Sat29/Sun30
Skemps Day
Ferns and Bryophytes

July
Tuesday 2

Meeting
No meeting this month

July
Thursday 4

Field Trip
QVMAG Planetarium session

July TBC

Field Trip
Platypus House at Beauty Point
July
Sat27/Sun28
Skemps Day
National Tree Day - Planting and/or tree maintenance
August
Tuesday 6
Social Evening
Venue to be confirmed
August Thursday 8
Monthly Short Walk

Corra Linn Gorge

August
TBC
Field Trip
Lilydale Falls, fungi and ferns
August Sat31/Sep1
Skemps Day
Track clearing on the property
September
Tuesday 3
General Meeting

Workshop on Technology, List Maps & Nature Apps
Supper - Tom Treloggen
Meeting in the Don Wing Lecture Theatre

September Thursday 5
Monthly Short Walk

Machens Reserve at Kings Meadows

September TBC
Field Trip
3 reserves crawl (Carr Villa, Cheltenham and Kate Reed) for spring wildflowers
September Sat28/Sun29
Skemps Day
Flowers and Birds - Learning and Education, using Apps from workshop practical
October
Tuesday 1
Annual General Meeting

Election of Office Bearers
Supper -

October
Thursday 3
Monthly Short Walk

Punchbowl and Queechy Lake Reserves

October TBC
Field Trip

Tom Gibson Reserve for wildflowers

October Sat26/Sun27
Skemps Day
Macroinvertebrate monitoring on Skemps Creek
November
Community Volunteering

Tamar NRM's Catch-it-in-the-Catchment

November
Tuesday 5
General Meeting

Speaker - Jeff Campbell - Native orchids
Supper -

November
Thursday 7
Monthly Short Walk

APS Garden at Heritage Forest

November TBC
(mid)
Extended Field Trip

Based in the North West - Catch up with fellow field naturalists, visit Burnie Penguin Observation Centre, Edible Garden Wynyard, Fossil Bluff, Sisters Beach Banksia Reserve, Kaydale, Leven Canyon, Rocky Cape Rocks

November
Sat24/Sun25
Skemps Day
Spring clean at the John Skemp Field Centre
December
Tuesday 3
General Meeting
Members night - The Year That Was
Supper -
December
Thursday 5
Monthly Short Walk
Windsor Garden Precinct
December
Sunday 8
Skemps Day
Members Christmas Get-together, walk and talk day. Bring lunch and a small plate of food to share at afternoon tea, hot drinks available

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