Events

Group's Events
Nursery working bee
16 Feb, 2017 from 09:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Thursday 16 Feb, 9am to 10.30am. Potting up seedlings. No experience is needed so please come along.

Field trip Landcare Linking Biodiversity, Sunday 7 May 9:30
07 May, 2017 from 09:30 AM to 11:59 PM

Revegetation work on two Manton properties will be examined, followed by lunch. Ecologist, Dr Sue McIntyre, will guide the identification of bird and plant species we encounter. Please contact Bob McColl for details.

Field trip - Riparian Zone Management - Sunday June 4
04 Jun, 2017 from 09:30 AM to 01:00 PM

What: Janette Ryan and Miles Jordana have a property with about 400m of river frontage on the Murrumbidgee River and they are looking for expert information on how to better manage the riparian zone, including: - The latest thinking about willows and what should they do about them? - Which reeds are weeds and which are native plants to be encouraged? (follows on from our dam walk field trip in February) - How should they manage blackberries on the edge of the water (chemical spraying doesn’t seem like a good idea close to the river and when native species may be using them as habitat)? - What can they do to support the general health of the river in their area? So we are visiting them to answer at least some of their questions. Who: Haydn Burgess, Senior Project Officer at Greening Australia, has kindly agreed to lead the walk over the property so we can all avail ourselves of his expertise in riparian management issues. When: 9.30am to 1.00pm Sunday June 4 Where: Janette and Miles’ property, at the end of Connells Lane (no. 513) What to wear: Sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather that day. RSVP: by email please for catering (tea break mid-morning in a lovely setting) and for event management, by Thursday 1 June.

MLG August monthly meeting Ecological Sustainability
03 Aug, 2017 from 07:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Who: Dr Sue McIntyre Dr McIntyre has a 35 year association with CSIRO where she was a Senior Principal Research Scientist, conducting research in agricultural ecosystems in the Riverina, Queensland and eastern NSW. Sue led a multidisciplinary-team which worked to define ecological sustainability for mixed grazing-cropping systems in eucalypt grassy woodlands. The resulting book summarizing this work (Managing and Conserving Grassy Woodlands, CSIRO Publishing) has been in print for 15 years. What: Sue will provide an introduction, and lead an informal discussion on, ideas around sustainability and the various ways in which this word has been applied and interpreted over the decades. The discussion will aim to clarify in participants’ minds what they mean when the term sustainability is used.

MLG Monthly Meeting Topic: Beetles in farming landscapes Kat Ng 7.00pm, Thursday 6 July
06 Jul, 2017 from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM

Who: Kat is a third year PhD student at the ANU Fenner School and CSIRO. Kat's PhD project compared the distribution patterns of ground-dwelling beetle communities in a mixed-farming landscape in the NSW Lachlan Catchment. She used pitfall traps to catch beetles along 400 m transects that extended from remnant woodland patches into four contrasting farm land uses during an entire growing season. What: Kat will present some findings on the habitat preferences of beetles and the effects of seasonal change, based on a large data set of 495 species and 11,360 individuals. Her talk will give everyone an insight into the delightfully challenging world of entomology and the importance of conserving beetle biodiversity. When: 7.00pm, Thursday 6 July Where: Murrumbateman Recreation Ground Hall RSVP: For catering and crowd management purposes, please RSVP by email (mlg_sec@yan.org.au)

Nursery working bee
23 Feb, 2017 from 09:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Thursday 23 Feb, 9am to 10.30am. Potting up seedlings. No experience is needed so please come along.

Nursery working bee
16 Feb, 2017 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM

Thursday 16 Feb, 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Potting up seedlings. No experience is needed so please come along.

Rabbit Biocontrol, Dr Tanja Strive, 7.30pm, Thursday 2 March
02 Mar, 2017 from 07:30 PM to 09:30 PM

This is a very timely topic because the new strain of RHDV virus is about to be released. Dr Strive is Leader for the Host-Pathogens Interactions research team at CSIRO Health and Biosecurity. She has a research background in molecular biology, virology, and biological control of vertebrate pests. She is currently researching different caliciviruses in Australian wild rabbits, and their interactions with Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) with potential implementations for rabbit biocontrol.

Spring Yass Gorge Walk
24 Sep, 2017 from 09:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Who - Jill McGovern will be leading a spring walk through Yass Gorge to look at the gorge vegetation (grassland with a number of uncommonly seen species). An account of the FOG visit there in June is given in News of Friends of Grasslands July–August edition. When – 9.30 to 12.30 Sunday 24 September Where - Flat Rock Crossing, off Rossi St, Yass NSW

Tree Planting - 27th and 30 April, 9.00am to noon both days
27 Apr, 2017 from 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM

This year saw an exciting large new initiative by MLG to fund and support 3-5 revegetation projects on members’ properties to complement externally funded projects such as Murrumbateman Landcare Linking Biodiversity. One of those new projects is on Peter and Sue Watson’s property. As part of Peter and Sue’s project you are invited to two tree plantings on their property - everyone is very welcome. Where: 1215 Dog Trap Rd Murrumbateman. We’ll provide morning tea and a simple lunch. We’ll supply MLG’s new planting tools (worth coming along just to see these in action) but please bring a mattock if you have one! Wear: Sturdy shoes and a hat. RSVP by 24 April: for catering purposes (mention which day(s) you will be coming).

Upcoming Working Bee at MLG Nursery, Friday 6 October, 9am to 10.30am
06 Oct, 2017 from 09:00 AM to 10:30 AM

When: Friday 6 October, morning 9am to 10.30am. What: Repotting seedlings, seed sowing, and some cleaning up. No experience is needed so please come along. Where: The MLG nursery is behind the fire station on Rose St Murrumbateman. Park on Rose street and walk through the two gates beside the fire station. All very welcome and your help appreciated.

Upcoming Working Bee at the MLG Nursery, Tuesday 26 September, 9-00am to 10-30am
26 Sep, 2017 from 09:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Upcoming Working Bee at the MLG Nursery When: Tuesday 26 September, morning, 9.00am to 10.30am. What: Repotting seedlings, seed sowing, and some cleaning up. No experience is needed so please come along. Where: The MLG nursery is behind the fire station on Rose St Murrumbateman. Park on Rose street and walk through the two gates beside the fire station. All very welcome and your help appreciated.