Talks for 2017.

Hee Haw! Hee Haw!

Presented by Peter Heise-Pavlov

What our lovely but naughty donkeys get up too when out of sight in Northern Australia.
Wednesday, 8th February 10am.Room 22, Atherton Community Centre, 42 Mabel Street, Atherton
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Buzzin' Bees

Presented by Peter Heise-Pavlov

Feral and introduced bees in Australia
Wednesday, 15th March 10am.Room 22, Atherton Community Centre, 42 Mabel Street, AthertonEnrol

Wet, Wild & Worrisome

Presented by Peter Heise-Pavlov

The pests of the Wet Tropics of Queensland
Wednesday, 12th April 10amRoom 22, Atherton Community Centre, 42 Mabel Street, AthertonEnrol

Fish Reproduction: The Strategies ... the intrigue ... the survival of the fittest

Presented by Alf Hogan

Survival of the species is probably more important than survival of the individual. That is why many individuals die after spawning. Others migrate long distances to spawn. Some even go from the sea to freshwater while others go from fresh to salt. Some guard the eggs, others couldn't care less. Others have live young. Some males carry eggs glued to their heads! Then there are the courting strategies. Oh the strategies, the intrigue, the meaning of life!!!
Due to lack of numbers, this talk has been cancelled.Room 22, Atherton Community Centre, 42 Mabel Street, AthertonEnrol

Fossils - What are they and how important they are to modern society

Presented by Chris Larkin

A talk on fossils generally, including the use of explosives at Riversleigh.
Tuesday, 9th May at 10amRoom 22, Atherton Community Centre, 42 Mabel Street, Atherton
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Fish, why do they have different shapes and why do some taste better than others

Presented by Alf Hogan

Fish come in all shapes and sizes. This talk will explain how fast and long it swims, where it lives and what it eats simply by looking at its body shape. This also gives us some idea of its eating qualities.
Tuesday, 16th May at 2pmRoom 22, Atherton Community Centre, 42 Mabel Street, Atherton
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Volcanoes of the Tablelands

Presented by David Johnson

9.00 am Hallorans Hill lookout, Atherton and do an overview of the tablelands landscape, then travel to Bromfield Swamp, stop near Mt Weerimba on Belsen Rd, stop at the top of the Malanda volcano (near Kennedy Hwy/Upper Barron Rd junction and then to The Crater. Bring a picnic lunch 12.30 at the Crater.

Tuesday, 6th June at 9amMeet 9am sharp at Halloran's Hill.Enrol

Bird Watching at Hasties Swamp

Presented by Sandi Oswald and Bill Bray

Join Sandi Oswald and Bill Bray, keen “Birders”, for a relaxed morning in the two story Hide at Hasties Swamp learning about and identifying the birds that inhabit this remnant of the once extensive Nyleta Welands. Discover which birds are resident or migrants during the winter months. Bird Species Lists will be provided. There is wheelchair access to the lower level, toilets and limited parking. Some binoculars and a field spotting scope are available but if you own or could borrow some it would be appreciated. BYO themos tea/coffee and snacks. The hide is down Koci Road (unsealed) which comes off Hastie Road, this can be accessed from the Herberton Rd (2.5km from Atherton) or from the Kennedy Highway near the turnoff to Malanda.

Tuesday, 26th September July at 9am.Meet at Hasties Swamp Bird Hide at 9am.Enrol

Australia - South Africa, a comparison of their avifaunas

Presented by Alan Gillanders

This talk will address the similarities and differences in the birds of South Africa and Australia from the limited view point of one visit to coastal South Africa. What groups of birds do we have in common and which are unique to each country? How do their behaviours compare?
Thursday, 7th September at 10am.Room 22, Atherton Community Centre, 42 Mabel Street, Atherton
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Work and Research with Sniffer Protection Dogs

Presented by Amanda Hancock

Amanda Hancock Director: Ecological Services & Wildlife Detection Dog Specialist, Saddler Springs Education Centre Pty Ltd & Canine Scent Science will do a PowerPoint presentation based around her research and work with quolls and demonstrate how it could apply to tree-kangaroos and other species monitoring. A few video clips from the field will be shown.This will be followed by a simulated demo with the dog/s on the grassed area outside.

Sunday, 24th September at 10amRoom 22, Atherton Community Centre, 42 Mabel Street, Atherton
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