After a disappointing start to our spring program of field days due to inclement weather, we finally struck it lucky with perfect weather for the two rescheduled field days - the Squirrel Glider Walk at Cloverleigh Golf Club in Crowther and the Wattle Walk and Talk in Grenfell, both held in August. The weather for the third field day, Orchids and Other Wildflowers at Koorawatha in September, was also perfect.
Thank you to all those people who contributed to the success of these events - the presenters, landholders and attendees. Special thanks must go to:
Colin Frecklington and Peter Frecklington from Cloverleigh Golf Club for all their support and generosity. Peter very kindly erected our Squirrel Glider information sign at the golf club. The sign was unveiled at a ceremony marking National Threatened Species Day on September 7.
Rainer Rehwinkel, Senior Threatened Species Officer with the Office of Environment and Heritage, who kept a large audience fascinated with his talk on the importance of wattles in the landscape and his wattle ID skills.
John French and Fiona Lumsden, who generously opened their property in Koorawatha to 30 delighted orchid enthusiasts. While Fiona led us on a walk of orchid discovery through the mainly cypress pine forest, John and friend Neil organised the food and cooked the barbeque lunch, which was eagerly devoured by the weary walkers on their return. The event was greatly enhanced by John and Fiona's beautiful photographic displays of the orchids and other native plants and animals and by Fiona's exquisite wildlife drawings. They also put together a handout of photos of Some Orchids from Koorawatha. Fiona is a wildlife artist and illustrator and her extensive artwork can be viewed on her website.
If you'd like to view photographs of these events, as well as some of John's orchid photos and Rainer's paper "Wattles - the Heart and Soul of our Woodlands", please click on the field day links below: