CWCN General Meeting on Tuesday, 21st November 2017 -6:30pm for 7:00pm start with guestspeaker Dr Jennifer Silcock on 'Lost in the Desert' or 'Red Hot?" An Australian Botanical Odyssey beginning at the Paroo River.
"My odyssey began on the Paroo floodplain near Hungerford in the springof 2006, with the discovery of a small but distinctive burr unseen for 50 years now floruishing in the land described by Henry Lawson as a 'blasted barren wilderness'. How could this plant, which I found in abundance across south-west Queensland's five major river systems, have gone undetected for decades and be considered vulnerable to extinction? How many species in this vast, poorly-surveyed land had data on abundance, distribution and basic life history which could reliably inform their conservation? What role did the archtypal boom and bust cycles of the arid-zone have on rarity and threat? My curiosity piqued, I began a journey by foot, car, pushbike, camel, kayak and helicopter that took me across some 635 300 km2 of south-western Queensland over 10 years, collecting data to systematically re-asses the conservation status of the flora and provide management recommendations...."
Jen Silcock is a postdoctoral researcher with the Threatened Species Recovery Hub, based at the University of Queensland. Her research focuses on threatened plant and animal species including the enigmatic night parrot, plant translocations for conservation, grazing impacts on rangelands, historical ecology and vegetation dynamics, wetland mapping and appreciation, combined with a liberal dose of general desert and mountain wandering.
Thanks to funding from the Community Sustainability Action Grant (Qld Government) and the always exceptional support from Brisbane City Council’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program and CWCN another section of Clarina Street Park has been cleared of Chinese elms and other woody weed infestations and needs planting out. Help us to improve a wonderful natural asset right in front of your doorstep and to plant 600 trees to further improve Clarina Street Park, a gem among local green spaces in your neighbourhood, an important habitat space for local wildlife in a fast growing city and part of a corridor for fauna movement between Mount Coot-tha and the Brisbane River along Witton Creek. We have plants, tools, and gloves waiting for you and hope you’ll bring all your enthusiasm.—As a special treat Geckoes Wildlife will join us and bring native fauna along—yes, living animals and some to touch. If you want to get up close and personal with native species after the planting, this is your chance. There will also be refreshments throughout and aluscious morning tea following the planting. You may win one of the raffle prizes too….—For more information contact local bushcare group convenor Marshall on 0413 697 079 or check out the flyer here.
Book Club Program 2018