Bush walk – knowing nature and the environment – 15 October, 2017

October 23, 2017 at 2:54 am

What a phenomenal event! With over 30 people and 12 km, our very first bushwalk was a great success! We trekked from Heathcote Train Station, through the amazingly beautiful Karloo Pools, up to Uloola Falls, and then down the fire road to Waterfall Station. We saw a huge variety of plants, insects, spiders, birds, and lizards; including the iconic wattle, carnivorous sundews, intimidating bull ants, teeny tiny jumping spiders, some gorgeous Superb Fairy Wrens, a parasitic fantail cuckoo, super fast stripe skinks, and a cute baby Jacky dragon. Stanley Tang, SCB Events Manager, not only organised our outing, but also used recorded bird calls to let us get a close look at many of the beautiful native birds, including a large flock of adorable Brown Thornbills, that surrounded our hiking group and chattered in the trees above us, and an Eastern Spinebill that followed our group for a few hundred meters. He is also a champion lizard catcher, and managed to snag a baby Jacky dragon! (No dragons were harmed in the making of this blog post.) Suz Everingham, Sydney SCB President, and Lily van Eeden, our Treasurer, helped us find many of the rarer and less obvious plants, and identified many of them for us, including pointing out the tiny, hidden sundews that lined small portions of the trail. We would like to send out a huge “Thank you!” to everyone who came to our bush walk, and made it such a wonderful and memorable day. To those of you who couldn’t make it, we hope to see you next time!

 

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Stanley Tang with a Jacky Dragon (Amphibolurus muricatus)

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Drosera spatulata (Carnivorous sundews!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spring has Sprung – Sydney SCB at UNSW Springfest!

September 27, 2017 at 3:28 am

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What a beautiful day – the sun was shining, the birds were singing, and board members Ben Walker, Meena Sritharan, and Rosie Steinberg were representing Sydney SCB at UNSW Springfest! Ben was kind enough to share his beautiful succulent and orchid terrariums, an the great response they received has inspired us to run a workshop! If you think they are as lovely as we do, keep your eyes out for future newsletters with more details. Thank you to everyone who made it down to the Quadrangle to have a chat with the crew, and welcome to all our newest members who signed up at Springfest! Our next springtime event is our bushwalk in the Royal National Park, please come and join us!

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Ocean Plastics Café – 12th of July

July 12, 2017 at 8:00 pm

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After having to cancel our original World Ocean Day Sydney SCB event in June because of unpredictable weather, we have had our back up event on Wednesday, 12th of July. To start the evening, Jess Merrett, a marine debris researcher, gave us an overview of numbers, facts and research in the area of plastics. We then dove into the pile of debris that we got from beach clean-ups and let our imaginations flow. Great sculptures were created with the debris we had and the best ones received marine-themed books and reusable coffee cups.

(Click “Read more” below to see photos of the sculpture making and the finished artwork.)

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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