The Current Calendar (below) includes FoG and related activities. To be kept fully up to date with FoG activities, become a member, get the newsletter and if you have email access you'll also get the FoG E-bulletin with all the latest news and information. If you have queries about any of the activities below, contact the person nominated, or Contact Us.
FoG visits many private or public properties during the year to assist in plant identification and management issues. These visits usually do not appear in the FoG program because we may not know what to expect at such sites and because they are usually arranged at short notice. If you are interested in participating in property visits, Contact Us.
Please advertise this information amongst your friends and networks and support our activities.
Non FoG members are welcome to participate in FoG events.
For any FoG activity you should register with the indicated contact, who can assist with directions and possibly car pooling. By registering you assist us to organise any catering and provide you with any other information that you may need, including late changes. For all FoG activities please supply your emergency contact person's details when registering.
Work parties will be held on Sunday mornings, generally between 9 am and 12:30 pm:
- 15 Mar – woody weed cutting and daubing at Blue Gum Point, Yarralumla
- 15 Mar FOG Mulligan’s Flat evening wildlife walk (see below)
- 4 Apr - Hall Cemetery
- 10 May (split work party with Yarramundi Reach) – wildflower planting at Stirling Park
- 9 Aug – Stirling Park
- 13 Sept (split work party with Yarramundi Reach) – Stirling Park
- 3 Oct - Hall Cemetery
- 11 Oct – Stirling Park
- 7 Nov - Hall Cemetery
- 8 Nov – Stirling Park
- 13 Dec –– Stirling Park
The work includes weeding, planting and rubbish removal. Herbicides are often used so these events are not suitable for young children. Tools are provided. Registration for these events is needed, including to get details of the starting locations. Contact: Jamie.firstname.lastname@example.org or 0407 265 131 (for Hall Cemetery: email@example.com at least two days before the event).
Work parties will be cancelled if: a) the forecast is for 35 deg C+, b) it is a total fire ban day, c) there is lightning, d) the air quality index for Civic is at 200 or more, or e) there is heavy rain.
Sunday 15 March, 9am to 12.30pm: Stirling Park work party
Volunteers wanted. Meet car park on the lake side of Alexandrina Parade by the rusty 'DNA' sculpture at Blue Gum Point, midway between Mariner Plan and Hopetoun Circuit. Register with Jamie.firstname.lastname@example.org or 0407 265 131 by c.o.b. 12 March. These events are not suitable for young children. Tools are provided. Please wear enclosed shoes, bring sun protection and drinking water.
Register with Jamie.email@example.com or 0407 265 131.
The work party will be cancelled if there is heavy rain: please register to be kept up to date.
Sunday 15 March, 9am to 12nn: ACTHA-FOG reptile survey, Stirling Park
This is an ACT Herpetological Association & FOG survey to discover reptiles at Stirling Park and record them on Canberra Nature Map. We will compile a list of all the reptiles we see, and also how many of each species we see. If you would like to attend, please bring water to drink and wear sensible clothes. Register with: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0427 788 304 to obtain details of meeting place, etc.
Sunday 15 March, 7 to 8.30pm: Mulligans Flat - 500 year vision
Shoshana Rapley will lead a walk and talk on n a 500-year vision for restoration at Mulligans Flat. Sho is undertaking her honours research on reintroduction of bush stone-curlew at Mulligans Flat and has very kindly offered to lead an evening walk for FOG members to see the changes to the woodlands as an impact of reintroductions. Mulligans Flat is run by the Woodlands & Wetlands Trust (WWT) which can take a long-term vision. Some parts of the woodland will take centuries to return, like the soil depth and complexity, and hollows. Fortunately, we can aid that process using scientific problem-solving, which Sho will explain on the walk. Not to give too many spoilers away, one of her main experiments is researching how the reintroduced species act as ecosystem engineers driving the restoration of vegetation communities and processes. Hopefully, we will also catch sight of some of curlews, bettongs and even a quoll.
Participating adults are asked to make a $15 donation to the WWT (at https://woodlandsandwetlands.org.au/product-category/donation/ or by cash on the night). Register: email@example.com or 0407 265 131.
The FOG Annual General Meeting 2020 has been postponed to a date to be fixed
The meeting was to:
- Receive annual accounts and report (to be distributed by email before meeting)
- Accept transition report
- Accept changes to governance arrangements
- Motion: This AGM accepts Jamie Pittock as a Friends of Grasslands (FOG) Honorary Life Member for his outstanding contribution to grassy ecosystems since the 1980s, his contribution to Friends of Grasslands and more broadly his leadership and public advocacy of Australian conservation. (A statement in support will be circulated by email before meeting)
- Election of office bearers.
For more information on the meeting as it was propsed, including reports and statements, see the AGM page.
For all inquiries contact Geoff (firstname.lastname@example.org, 6241 4065 or 0403 221 117).
Saturday 28 March, 11am, Griffin Centre, Civic: Memorial service for Graeme Evans
Many FOG members will remember Graeme Evans, a long-time member of Friends of Grasslands and a committed conservationist, as well as being heavily involved in many political and social causes. He died on 18 Feb, and typical of Graeme donated his body to science. Graeme was a founding member of FOG and worked intensely with Edwina Barton to produce FOG’s draft constitution. A memorial will be held for Graeme at 11am on 28 March at the Griffin Centre, Civic. There will be a light lunch afterwards. All welcome.
Friday 3 April, 9 to 11.30am: Identifying common grasses, Ngunnawal ACT
Saturday 4 April, 8:30 to 11am: Hall Cemetery Workparty
Work party at Hall Cemetery. For general information on work parties see above. To register and for more information, please contact email@example.com at least two days before the event. Future working bees will be held Sat 3 Oct and 7 Nov.
Register with firstname.lastname@example.org by c.o.b. 2 April.
Sunday 5 April: Ginninderry Sustainability Expo
FOG will be present at the Expo, so roll up and talk to us. For more details, contact email@example.com.
Wildcount is seeking volunteers for 2020
WildCount is a broad scale fauna monitoring study conducted by NSW NPWS using motion sensitive cameras to detect long-term changes in the distribution of widespread species. Volunteers assist NPWS staff to deploy and retrieve these cameras in NSW bushland. Teams consist of two people - one volunteer and an experienced NPWS staff member. Volunteers will be required to have a good level of fitness, commit to a full week of fieldwork, travel long distances in four-wheel drive vehicles, and more. WildCount provides food, accommodation (motel style) and transport between field sites.
More information about WildCount is at https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/topics/animals-and-plants/surveys-monitoring-and-records/native-animal-monitoring. Volunteers can register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/wildcount, and are also required to register with VIP at http://bttr.im/q6ujp to ensure they are covered by NPWS insurance. Contact the Volunteer Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please advertise this information among your friends and networks. Non FoG members are welcome to FoG events. For inquiries or if you have an item to include, please Contact Us