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Birds and the Bees Tour: Curra Moors, Royal National Park

Royal National Park, NSW

Friday 16 September, 7:15am.
Explore the birds of our coastal heath amid one of the finest flowering events on Earth. The beauty and diversity of early spring flowers on Curra Moors is intoxicating. This walk, led by bird expert and educator Ricki Coughlan, will begin through a dry sclerophyll ridge-top woodland with heathy understorey before entering the vast expanse of complex heath on Curra Moors in the Royal National Park. Our target birds are Southern Emu-wren, Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, Variegated Fairy-wren, Beautiful Firetail and Tawny-crowned Honeyeater. On the way we’ll meet many other favourites and make new friends too!


Sutherland Shire Environment Centre AGM 2022: coal mining, the impacts

Sutherland Seniors Centre 749 Old Princes Highway, Sutherland, NSW

We're delighted to announce that Dr Ian Wright will be our guest speaker at this year's Sutherland Shire Environment Centre AGM. Ian is a lecturer at Western Sydney University, and a recognised expert in the field of freshwater ecology, water quality, water policy and the science and management of water pollution. He has a long-standing research interest in the impact of coal mining activities on streams and rivers.

Dr Wright was also one of the team who was allowed to visit Woronora Reservoir in 2019, and he saw first hand the damage from the mining operation there.

After Ian's talk there'll be a screening of the 25min documentary Mining in the Blue Mountains, followed by a Q&A.

Festival of the fairy-wren Tour: Greenhills Reserve

Greenhills Reserve North end of Don Lucas Reserve, Cronulla, NSW

Friday 7 October, 7:15am.
The dune ecology of Greenhills Reserve is one of the great environmental gems of Cronulla. Join bird expert and educator, Ricki Coughlan, to explore and be astounded by the fascinating bird life, plants and reptiles which thrive in this scrubby heath right on our doorstep.


A Rainforest Calendar Tour: Royal National Park

Royal National Park, NSW

Friday 18 November, 7:15am.
Deep dive into nature’s year, or the seasons of the rainforest. We’ll meet the beautiful and fascinating butterflies and birds which express the changing of the seasons in our local rainforests and ponder the relevance of the seasons on a calendar based on astronomical observations made by humans in Europe. This tour, led by bird expert and educator Ricki Coughlan, will be timed with the courtship of Satin Bowerbirds and nesting of the migratory Black-faced Monarch and sedentary Brown Gerygones, Yellow-throated Scrubwrens and Green Catbirds along with the fruiting of the forest and emergence of the beautiful male Wonder Brown butterflies.