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If perchance it is cloudy or even raining, seen from the shelter of The Hut, the national park has its own beauty no matter what the weather and there will be friendship, entertainment and supper inside The Hut.
Dawn Egan renown Celtic harpist will entertain us.
You'll meet members of the Society's management committee and other members of the Society, and listen to short talks about our activities.
The film reaches its climax in 2020, as temperatures rise, bushfires rage, and the flying foxes that usually soar over Sydney die in record numbers.
Ruminating on our failure to understand the effects of climate change and the implications for the future generation, The Weather Diaries is a story both personal and political.
“The film balances, in a beautiful poetic way, optimism and pessimism, fear and hope, melancholia and illumination.” – Adrian Martin, Screenhub
This screening is hosted by the Conservation Society.
To allow us to satisfy NSW Government COVID-19 requirements and not limit attendance, we are -
AGM business will include receipt of reports, adoption of annual accounts, determination of structure of Management Committee, election of President, Management Committee members and other office holders, and appointment of an auditor.
Please contact Alan Page if you wish to discuss any of the positions or have any questions about the AGM.
The AGM will be followed by -
“Koalas in the Greater Blue Mountains – an Update”
with Dr. Kellie Leigh
Kellie is Executive Director/CEO of Science for Wildlife and has worked on koala conservation and research in NSW and Victoria for nine years.
During her previous ten years in Zambia she founded the non proﬁt organisation, the Zambian Carnivore Programme using the African wild dog and other large carnivores as ﬂagship species for landscape-scale conservation, and secured core funding from the World Wildlife Fund.
Since returning to Australia she has developed conservation programs for a variety of organisations based on her successful model of combining research, on-ground conservation action and community education and engagement.
She completed her PhD through the University of Sydney where she maintains an Honorary Research Fellow position and has taught the wildlife population management components for a Masters degree.
Her research expertise is focused on the application of science to conservation challenges and includes conservation biology, genetics, behavioural ecology, and recent innovative work in training and evaluating wildlife detection dogs.
The talk is co-presented by Varuna the National Writers’ House and the Blue Mountains Conservation Society, and is an annual address on the environment, inviting prominent and authoritative thinkers to discuss their work on subjects that provoke and inspire.
A distinguished panel will discuss the latest in climate solutions and how we can act to create meaningful change.
The panel will be hosted by science journalist and Varuna board member Bianca Nogrady.
The panellists are - Tim Flannery, Rebecca Huntley and Ketan Joshi
Come along and tell us what you think your Society should be doing to improve environmental outcomes and contact with you, the Members.
If you wish to attend, please contact Susan Crick.
Please be aware that, due to COVID-19, we will not be supplying refreshments.
Bring along a snack and some water to get you through the afternoon.
Guest speaker Jordann Crawford-Ash from the Australian Museum Research Institute will join us to talk about Australian frogs and the FrogID app.
Australia has over 240 known species of frog, almost all of which are found nowhere else in the world. Some species are flourishing, like the Striped Marsh Frog. But others have declined dramatically since the 1980s, and four have become extinct.
FrogID is a national citizen science project that is helping us learn more about what is happening to Australia’s frogs. All around the country, people are recording frog calls with nothing more than a smartphone.
Haydn Washington has a deep knowledge of the Pagoda country.
Gang Gang Gallery is hosting Exhibition Pagoda, an Australian Heritage Festival Event, celebrating the spectacular pagoda landscape near Lithgow.
Anne Graham’s installation, ‘Gardens of Stone’, will be showcased in the main gallery space, surrounded by an array of photographs of the birds of that country and watercolour works capturing some of its extraordinary landscapes. This exhibition will run until 20 June.
Haydn’s talk will be one of a series of Gardens of Stone events every Saturday while the exhibition is on.
Dr Washington’s talk will be part of a Pagoda Journey Forum from 10.30 to 2.30 on Saturday 15 May. Other speakers include -
Artists Anne Graham, Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen and Nic Tsoutas will also talk about how they are inspired by wilderness.
Other Saturday events
The Gang Gang Gallery will host Gardens of Stone events each Saturday set in the gallery space.
5 June 11am Yuri Bolotin - a very experienced guide in the Destination Pagoda country. Yuri will share some of his insights into this extraordinary country. Free event.
12 June 11am Michael Keats OAM exhorting Lithgow to embrace the tourism opportunity offered by the Destination Pagoda vision. Free event.
An update on Destination Pagoda, a visitor plan for a Gardens of Stone state conservation area centred on the town of Lithgow.
The Gardens of Stone Alliance launched the Destination Pagoda plan in 2019.
Foxes are one of the main drivers of mammal loss in Australia and 1080 baiting is the main method used for fox control in the national parks of the Blue Mountains. Earlier this year Blue Mountains City Council decided to permanently ban its use.
1080 is important for conservation – it has been essential for enabling the survival or recovery of many threatened species in Australia. But 1080 has animal welfare consequences – it is likely that many 1080-poisoned animals suffer pain and distress.
So should 1080 be banned until we wait for more humane alternatives, or will this lead to even greater suffering?
This is your chance to challenge your views and ask the difficult questions.
The discussion, followed by questions, will take place between 6:00pm and 7:30pm. Join us for tea and coffee afterwards.
You must register your attendance to comply with our COVID-safe plan.
Date and time:
Tuesday 8 June 2021
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, including tea and coffee afterwards
Wentworth Falls School of Arts
cnr GWH and Adele Ave, Wentworth Falls