Double Feature Creative Conservation Cafe: Drawn From

September 4, 2016 at 3:37 am

Yesterday we had a double feature creative conservation cafe, where local artist Patrick Shirvington discussed the connection between art, nature, science and intuition. After exploring this space with Patrick’s past work, and a bit of Australian art history and the kinds of shapes and colours in the Australian bush, we did a bit of drawing of our own! We started with some basic shapes, and moved on to Banksia specimens, and then outside to find some nature that inspired us.

Our next creative conservation will be on October 29 with Peter Wale. More details soon!

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Creative Conservation Painting En Plein Air

August 29, 2016 at 7:42 am

This Sunday 28th of August painter Ken Tucker put on a painting workshop at the Quarantine Station in Manly. Ken ran through the basics of how to plan a painting, and some tips and tricks of applying acrylics. By the end of the day, we had painted 2 canvases overlooking two gorgeous vistas in Sydney harbour. We painted, we laughed, we ate and Ken and his lovely wife Lea chatted with us, and gave us encouragement and tips for our paintings individually.

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Ken’s work in progress. Photo by Lea Tucker

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Our masterpieces! Photo by Lea Tucker

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Sydney SCB at the SCBO 2016 conference in Brisbane

July 11, 2016 at 7:30 am

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What a week! First of all, everyone from the Sydney chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology Oceania (SC-SCBO) would like to thank ARC and the society for conservation biology for assistance with funding so that we were all able to attend this conference. The conference gave us all a great opportunity to gain new skillsets through workshops and network with scientists researching and publishing at the forefront of conservation science.

First Scientific Illustration Workshop!

June 22, 2016 at 11:23 am

Last night we held a new workshop for Scientific Illustration with a scientific illustrator based out of the Australian National University: Dr Erin Walsh. The workshop last night was a great success, we had a sell out crowd and we produced lots of exciting drawings under specific instructions from Erin’s helpful worksheets, followed by a free-drawing session and Q&A.

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Watercolour Creative Conservation

May 24, 2016 at 7:22 am

This May’s Creative Conservation we were exploring the use of watercolour, and a bit ambitiously frogs too. The above is an example of one of the attendees study of an autumnal leaf.

Entertainment Book 2016/2017 is out NOW!

May 17, 2016 at 6:48 am

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Exciting news: The Entertainment Book 2016/2017 is out NOW!

Please support our Conservation Café and Creative Conservation workshop series by buying your very own Entertainment Book.

April 16 Conservation Café – Chad Beranek

April 2, 2016 at 1:28 am

IMG_9405This April, Chad Beranek came to our Conservation Café. He is a wildlife ecologist and founder/director of Gumnut Naturalist. Chad is actively looking for solutions to every-day wildlife conflict problems.

Pop-Up Conservation Café March 16 – Leanne Elliott

March 30, 2016 at 6:41 am

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We were lucky to have Leanne Elliott do a Pop-Up Conservation Café for us during her holidays back home in Sydney. Leanne is a Conservationist with Cheetah Conservation Botswana (CCB).

March 16 Conservation Café- Dr Cameron Webb

March 5, 2016 at 10:28 am

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This month we had our most “micro”-Conservation Café so far. Dr Cameron Webb came to talk to us about wetland restoration and the role of mosquitoes in public health.

February 16 Conservation Café – Daniel Hunter

February 13, 2016 at 10:14 am

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Our first Conservation Café guest this year was Daniel Hunter, an ecology PhD student and award-winning filmmaker. Dan showed us one of his films in which he investigates the role of dingoes and Tasmanian devils in the extinction of small mammal species in Australia.