'Fungi' Field Day: Box Cutting Rainforest Walk
May
4
10:00 am10:00

'Fungi' Field Day: Box Cutting Rainforest Walk

This small patch of rainforest is truly a fungi hot spot. Fungi play a vital role in the ecosystem of the rainforest, yet for much of the year they remain hidden from sight. But this changes in Autumn, as many species suddenly make their presence known. Mushrooms of various kinds, and the extraordinarily beautiful, incredibly tiny, myxomycetes (‘slime moulds’).

The casual observer would probably overlook most of the fungi on show.

For this Field Day, we are very lucky to have local fungi experts to guide us and explain the range of fungi - and slime moulds - growing among the leaf litter and fallen logs of the forest floor.

Please join us at 10am in the carpark for the Box Cutting Rainforest Walk (at Kianga, between Narooma and Dalmeny … click here for map details)

Please wear closed shoes and long pants, and bring a backpack lunch. An LED torch may also be useful – some of the tiny fungi in dark crevices are among the most beautiful.


Wondering what all the fuss is about ‘slime mould’? Take a look at these! Tiny, briefly ‘fruiting’, but fantastic: click here to see species list on NatureMapr


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Workshop: Tura Library
May
10
4:00 pm16:00

Workshop: Tura Library

This will be a 2-part workshop:

4pm - 5pm NatureMapr help session

Learn how to get the most from the Atlas of Life NatureMapr database. Get practical advice and one-to-one assistance from other NatureMapr users.

5pm - 6pm Atlas Naturalists planning meeting

Please attend this special meeting to help shape the next steps in the development of Atlas Naturalists.

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Field Day: Lake Mummaga Walk, Bodalla State Forest
Sep.
7
10:00 am10:00

Field Day: Lake Mummaga Walk, Bodalla State Forest

Spotted Gum and Burrawang forest. A 2km loop track, easy walking for much of the way, with the option of a steep track down to the lakeside.

The diverse vegetation and ridge aspect provide an ideal environment for a wide variety of orchids and other spring flowers. There should be many insects starting to re-appear, and we may even have hill topping butterflies. Reptiles should also be on the move.

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Workshop: Tura Library
Apr.
12
4:00 pm16:00

Workshop: Tura Library

This Workshop will include:

  • waterbug investigation. Following on from the survey of aquatic invertebrates at the Bemboka Creek Field Day, we’ll take a closer look at waterbugs under the microscope. We’ll collect a couple of samples on the morning of the Workshop. Perhaps bring along a sample from your own dam or nearby creek.

  • general species identification. Bring along your mystery photos or collections, and take advantage of the field guide – and fellow naturalists! - to help in their identification.

  • NatureMapr advice session. Whether you’re unfamiliar with NatureMapr, or an experienced user, pick up a few tips on how to get the most out of the database.


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Field Day: Mimosa Rocks NP
Mar.
2
10:00 am10:00

Field Day: Mimosa Rocks NP

  • Wajurda Point Walking Track Mogareeka, NSW, 2550 Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Meet at Wajurda Point Carpark at 10am

We’ll explore the forest trails, Nelson beach and shores of Nelson Creek/Estuary.

We will kick off with a brief session on photography: how to get close to the subject; what to photograph; how to get the most from your camera. There will be plenty of time to practise this as we explore the various environments at Nelson Beach. 

During our explorations, we encourage you to look for whatever animals, birds or plants interest you. Alert others to what you see, discuss the observations you make, and photograph your sightings (if possible).

You’ll be free to wander independently or in groups. Some people may be most interested in the bush, while others choose to explore the beach or estuary. Some people will choose to wander constantly, others will sit quietly, watch and wait. The choice is yours. We’ll regroup for a lunch break, and a chance to compare notes.

what to bring

  • your camera*, and perhaps a small notebook to record additional information about your sightings (memory alone can be a bit unreliable)

  • your lunch and drinks, including a water bottle you can carry with you (there is no drinking water available within the Park)

  • a folding chair or something else to sit on. There is no seating in the Park, and having a chair off the ground will make the lunch break more comfortable. Chairs and other lunch gear can be left with your car until needed … you won’t need to lug it around.

  • binoculars can be handy (and not just for birds)

  • a friend. If you know someone who is interested in coming along, but who hasn’t officially ‘joined’ Atlas Naturalists, that’s just fine! There will be a sign-on sheet available, and so long as they attend the preliminary briefing at 10am, they are most welcome.

  • anything else you like (except your dog … this is a national park)

Note: there are toilets at both carparks

what to wear

  • long trousers and comfortable, solid shoes are advisable. Although the tracks are quite level and open, the area is natural bushland and forest - with all the wildlife and scratchy things that go with that.

  • ‘wet’ shoes if you are interested in wading around in the lagoon.

  • hat and sunscreen too, of course.

finish time

We’ll end the day at 3pm. However, if you need to leave earlier that’s fine – simply let us know.


Location of Wajurda Point and Nelson Beach

 

* cameras are optional, but we expect that most people will be recording their sightings for later identification and uploading to the database. We imagine that there will be a wide variety of cameras in use, from mobile phones, through small fixed lens cameras, to larger SLRs with interchangeable lenses. All are welcome!

** if you wish to swim, that’s fine, but you do so at your own risk (our insurance won’t cover you). Please take care. This is a remote beach and waterway.

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