Sydney SCB AGM2017 – list of nominations

June 21, 2017 at 12:42 am

Hi everyone,

Tonight we are having our AGM at 6pm in room Colombo LG01 (building B16 on this map) at UNSW.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP on Eventbrite so we can make sure we have enough drinks and nibbles for everyone :-)

If you’d like to become a board member, but haven’t sent in a nomination – no problem at all! Just come to our AGM tonight, meet us and tell us a bit about yourself.

Click on “Read more” below to see the list of nominations.

Sydney SCB Big Day Bird Walk

May 13, 2017 at 6:16 am

This morning Dr Stanley Tang and Peri Bolton ran a bird walk in Sydney Olympic Park as part of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology‘s Global Big Day. This day encourages people around the world to observe birds and log their observations on the massive online database eBird. Data collated on eBird can be used to explore the changes over time in the spatial distribution and abundances of birds, and can be used to inform conservation of bird species, and how changes in our landscape are affecting bird communities. This is of vital importance to understand, because not only are birds fascinating in their own right, they serve key ecological functions (e.g. pollination, predation) which maintain the ‘health’ of the natural world.

If you would like to participate in Global Big Day, get a free eBird account and start checking off your local birds! You don’t have to be an expert at birds, or go anywhere special. The birds in your backyard are just as important to understand!

 

An oval next to Newington Nature Reserve, Sydney Olympic Park

An oval next to Newington Nature Reserve, Sydney Olympic Park

Stanley taking some action shots of crested pigeons

Stanley taking some action shots of crested pigeons

 

Our walk started at the Armory Wharf Cafe and explored the edges of Newington Nature Reserve, which has a lot of wetlands. We finished at the BirdLife Discovery Centre, and were graced with the appearance of a juvenile Little Eagle just as we were packing up!

 

Read more to check out the list of birds we amassed on our walk!

 

Creative Conservation – Feathers and Fur

February 4, 2017 at 1:47 am

Photo-2017-02-04-11-51-02_0732The drawings from the Feather and Fur workshop are incredible! We still can’t believe that we drew such fluffy kookaburras and such soft leopards!

(Click “Read more” below to see photographic proof!)

Creative Conservation – Knit for Wildlife

November 20, 2016 at 2:14 am

img_8757Our possum pouch knitting workshop was a great success! We had about 25 people attend the workshop, so many little possum lives will be saved :-)

Creative Conservation – Under the Sea

October 31, 2016 at 12:06 am

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This Saturday at our Creative Conservation workshop, we gave seahorses a go and learned not only awesome pencil techniques, but also got heaps of tips and tricks on how to work with colour pencils and water colours.

(Click “Read more”below to see all the awesome photos from the event!)

You’re invited to our AGM – Oct 21st @ 5:30pm

October 12, 2016 at 2:25 am

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It’s that time of the year again. We are holding our AGM on the 21st of October at 5:30pm. It will take place in the Arcade Room on Level 1 of the Matthews Building (F23 on this campus map, underneath the U-shaped pavilion E24a). There will be drinks and snacks!

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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Click “Read More” for more photos!

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

Click “Read More” for more photos of our day!

 

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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