|Camp||29/4/2017||Yandilla near Kilcoy||Barney Hines||A return to Yandilla. Facilities include flushing toilets and cold, possibly hot (under construction) showers. We will have our own dedicated area to camp. Fees $50 family $30 single per weekend + club fee
|Meeting||15/5/2017||CT White Lecture What do we still not know? The “marine unknowns”, and why they matter.||Dr John Hooper||Australia is one of 17 megadiverse countries, together containing 70% of the world’s species, yet only around 150 thousand species have been described so far for all Australian territories and marine Exclusive Economic Zone, with an estimated 700 thousand to 1 million species predicted to live in our forests and seas. Of these known species only 34 thousand are marine, yet we lay claim to one of the world’s largest seabed areas of 13.9 million square km, illustrating how little we still know.|
|Excursion||27/5/2017||Colleges Crossing, Brisbane River||Peter and Leith Woodall||This is a short, “easy” outing, walking on a flat path for only a couple of kilometres in total. We will meet on the edge of the lagoon and then walk out on a spit of land between it and the Brisbane River. We should return to the cars at about 11.00 am. There is a good variety of birds here and also some interesting riparian vegetation with the insects this brings.|
|Excursion||3/6/2017||Greater Glider Conservation Area (GGCA), Alexandra Hills||Susan Nelles||The conservation area comprises 52 hectares of bushland within the Coolnwynpin Creek Catchment. The reserve has a large amount of biodiversity for a small area. The vegetation is open eucalypt woodland dominated by Scribbly Gum forest with grassy understory and two patches of heathland on tertiary surfaces. In addition some 9 species of frog, 108 birds, 22 mammals and 21 reptiles have been recorded. Koalas and wallabies are regularly observed.|
|Meeting||19/6/2017||Mites: Miniature Beasts and where to find them||Dr Owen Seeman||Mites are the smallest animals with legs, allowing them to crawl into and exploit some of the most extraordinary habitats on animals, as well as more mundane places in the soil, on plants and in water. They can be beautiful or grotesque; they do things that seem extraordinary or revolting. After working on mites for about 25 years, Dr Seeman will expose the Acari (mites and ticks) to us and reveal some of his favourite mites, with special focus on his work on those mites which live intimately with beetles|
|Camp||24/6/2017||Noonbah SW Longreach and Edgbaston Reserve||Peter & Lynette Haselgrove||The trip will be to two properties in Central West Queensland. For the first week, we will stay at Noonbah, a grazing property owned by Angus and Karen Emmott. Noonbah is SW of Longreach and west of Lochern National Park. In the second week, we will be camping at a Bush Heritage property, Edgbaston Reserve, NE of Aramac. We expect to spend about six days at each place. See:http://blog.bushheritage.org.au/blog/location/edgbaston|
Learn about natural history at our meetings with talks presented by specialists from the club or from various scientific institutions, and from members exhibits. Visitors are welcome
When: 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month, February to November inclusive
Note that each meeting will commence with the presentation by the guest speaker
Where: The Lecture Hall of the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland, 237 Milton Road, Milton
This is near the corner with Baroona Road and close to the Castlemaine Perkins (XXXX) Brewery. The main entrance is on Milton Road, at the end of the ramp adjacent to the Theological College. Convenient parking is available in adjacent streets. Parking is available in the college grounds a contribution of $3 is expected.
Milton railway station is directly opposite the building. There is a pedestrian underpass from the station.
The Club arranges at about ten field excursions each year to locations of natural history interest and tours of specialist institutions such as the Queensland Herbarium or museums. They range in duration from short, half-day, local trips through week-end camps to longer excursions lasting from one to two weeks in more remote locations. Visitors are welcome on short excursions.