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May is another month jam packed with interesting and diverse speakers, but tomorrow, May 2nd will be an open forum, (no guest speaker this week) giving everyone a much needed chance to catch up on all the last few weeks' sightings, groups' activities and topical environmental issues.
Interpretive birding from 8.30am; Morning Coffee from 10am - 10.30am; followed by Environmental Forum then Guest Speaker from 11.15am - midday
May 9th - Stephanie Haslam, Leader of NPA Botany Group, will present stunning photos of flora and outback settings, taken during her travels to Western Australia.
This will be a photographic journey from the Nullabor through the Goldfields and the wildflower plains, to Shark Bay and the stromatolites, Monkey Mia, Kalbarrie National Park and the magnificent Indian Ocean coast. The Capes and Margaret River, Albany, the Stirling Ranges, and Esperance will take us through eight vegetation zones of the South West Botanical Province. Banksias, giant Karri, Tingle and Jarrah forests, saltbush, mallee and wandoo woodlands will give a taste of the colours, rocks, soils and vegetation of this remarkable part of Australia.
Enjoy this visual feast, discover more about our outback flora and environment; feel as though you have been transported West, across Australia - all this without having to drive a single kilometer!
May 16th - Peter Andrews, Self confessed retired, but no less, passionate bee-keeper, will share his knowledge and passion for bee-keeping and understanding of the social behaviour of bees. Peter has over 20 years experience as a hobbyist beekeeper and has previously lectured on the subject.
Did you know that the honeybee was introduced into Australia in the year 1822 and packed in ice?
During the long journey by sailing ship from Europe, it was necessary to pack the containment hives in ice in order to simulate winter conditions and ensure that the bees remained in a dormant state. One can only speculate as to the chaos that would have ensued had this measure not been taken!
Did you know that the descendents of those bees now help to fertilise about 65% of Australia's food and animal crops? Some industries, such as almond producers, rely 100% on the insect. Annual honey production now stands at about 30'000 tonne, one third of which is exported.
Come along to hear more and discover just what fascinating creatures they are.
May 23rd - Bruce Malloy, President of Peregian Veggie Village community garden project, will be sharing background tales and the rationale behind the evolving community garden association.
Understanding the benefits of permaculture and self-sufficiency through sustainable food production, will be the way of the future, as food costs escalate and diversity is reduced. Find out how you can grow your own herbs, fruit and vegetables, in the battle against just some of the negative impacts of climate change.
For more information, call Environment Centre: 5474 2486
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