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CWCN Workshop - Bats and their Habitat  - Saturday, 2nd March 2019

Our workshop series continues in 2019. Bat biologists Dr Monika Rhodes and Dr Martin Rhodes worked with CWCN in 2014/15 to survey local microbat populations in Brisbane's inner west. They will be back to talk about the different aspects of bat habitat and why bats have evolved into specialist users of habitat, e.g. foraging over water or using dense forests. We'll learn about these mammals' adaptation not only to flying, but also about their wing morphology in conncetion to habitat use, about the use of and variance in echolocation, and why some bats are generalists and others specialists. The CWCN survey will be revisited and a discussion will be had why some bats prefer certain habitats over others. Megabats and their importance as well as their needs will be talked about too. A special treat will be a bat walk after dark during which participants can listen to the calls of local echolocating bats. Further information and a registration form can be found in our flyer. (Photo by Les Hall)
This workshop is dedicated to the memory of Dr Leslie Selwyn 'Les' Hall (1942-2019)
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CWCN Workshop on Edible and Medicinal Native Plants - Saturday, 23rd March 2019
Australia's environment harbours an abundance of edible native plants. Tubers, berries, leaves, seeds and other parts of nutritious plants were used to supplement the diet of Aborigines. In desert country they even provided the majority of food and kept people healthy. Much of the knowledge is lost, although some is mentioned in the accounts of early exporers. Kemp Killerby from Flora4Fauna will give us an animated introduction into the many uses of native plants. - We all know tea tree oil as a powerful antiseptic, yet we know very little about other  traditional Australianplant based medicine. Kemp will discuss these plant uses too.  More information and a registration form can be found in our flyer
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CWCN Workshop Series  on Fauna, Flora and Fungi 2018-2019
Ten workshops on topics ranging from macroinvertebrates, to mistletoes, to fungi, small mammals will be hosted until July 2019. We are celebrating local biodiversity and want to improve and share knowledge about it and on how to protect it. Take the opportunity and book in to all or some of those workshops which were made possible through a grant (Fed. Government/National Landcare Program Environment Small Grant)  and sponsorship by Brisbane City Council's Community Conservation Partnerships Program as well as support by Queensland Water and Landcarers and The Local Bulltin. We are grateful to them all. Further information can be obtained by checking our our overall flyer for the program or individual flyers above.
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Seed Propagation at CWCN
Why not join a great group of volunteers eager to source and propagate local native plants to help with our rehabilitation work across our catchments in Brisbane's inner West. Our working bees are always fun and we achieve lots. Check the Diary of Events and come to our next meet at the CWCN Centre. If you have questions or need more information please ring or text  Henry on 0430 628 325.


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The Great Outdoors in Brisbane's Inner West
Being outdoors and volunteering are beneficial to your health. What better reason to join CWCN and/or activities with one of the local bushcare groups. Check out our pages 'Get involved' 'Diary of Events". We are looking forward to seeing you at one or many events on offer.  
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CWCN Book Club Program 2019
The sixth year of our environmental reading promises highly engaging titles. The CWCN Book Club attracts book lovers, bookworms, food for thought gourmets, those 
who appreciate the natural world, those who enjoy a debate, and those who love having a good time. Please check out the entire program and join us every third Wednesday afternoon of the month.  
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    Citizen Scientists of all ages wanted!
    Join CWCN in finding our local biodiversity, download the free app at, join the CWCN Clan. Use your smart phone, tablet/ipad and photocapture fauna, flora and fungi and upload them. The more you find, the more 'gold' you can win, and the more we find out about our local environment. This is a fun way of contributing to conservation!
    Microbat Survey in 
    Brisbane's Inner West Catchments
    The results of our exciting survey are available for perusing. A minimum of 15 microbat species call Brisbane's Inner West home. The report contains details on these bats and their habitat, points out the importance for wildlife corridors and elaborates on the ecosystem services bats provide.
    Come to the CWCN Centre and peruse a hardcopy of the survey report or download the electronic version of it by clicking on the link below.
    Microbats of Brisbane's Inner West (1,3 Mb). A printable version can be obtained by contacting us.
    Thank you Brisbane City Council for funding this important survey!

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