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Nov 122016
 

Patterson curseHelp with removing protective guards that have been outgrown by their plant inhabitants or go on WEED PATROL to tackle the Paterson’s Curse , Saffron Thistle and other weeds.

Where: at the FAIR ENTRANCE GATE by the GRAVEL CARPARK, Tay Street.

When:  Sunday 20 November, 9am – 12pm.  Please give as much time as you can spare.

Bring: Sun Protection , water bottle, and garden gloves if you have them. Tools and tea will be provided.

PLEASE email an RSVP for your Participation to : secretary@majura.org because this really helps in organising the right amount of equipment.

Aug 302016
 
Spotted pardalote : from Canberrabirds.org.au

Spotted pardalote : from Canberrabirds.org.au

Sunday 11 September 8-10am,

Meet at Mount Majura Nature Reserve entrance off Mackenzie St, near Grayson St, Hackett.

Walk through the woodlands in early spring with bird enthusiast Peter Miller to spot, observe, listen to, identify and learn about birds of Mount Majura Expect to see a variety of early spring migrants, possibly even early breeders-cuckoos, gerygones, honeyeaters.

Bring binoculars, walking boots, water, and a Gold Coin donation for a bird list.

May 022016
 
Scarlet Robiin. Wamboin, NSW, Australia.

Scarlet robin by David Cook

WhenSunday 15 May 8-10am

Meet at nature reserve entrance off Antil St, Watson between Prime and a small roundabout.

Walk through the woodlands with bird enthusiast Peter Miller to spot, observe, listen to, identify and learn about the amazing variety of birds on Mt Majura.

Please Bring:

  • Binoculars
  • walking boots
  • water
  • Gold Coin donation for a bird list.

Enquiries: 6248 8955

Feb 012016
 
Jack Jumpers use their impressive jaws to catch and hold prey and a sting to defend themselves and their nest (Photo A. Narendra).

Jack Jumpers use their impressive jaws to catch and hold prey and a sting to defend themselves and their nest (Photo A. Narendra).

Join ant specialist Ajay Narendra to learn amazing things about jack-jumpers and other ants that live on Mount Majura.

Ants are fascinating, beautiful and fun to watch. Some ants have a painful sting, and others only bite. Some ants are coloured, or scented, or hairy. Some pretend to be spiders, a few have excellent eyesight, and one species can jump!

Kids accompanied by adults are especially welcome.

When: Sunday 14th February 2016 4pm – 5:30pm

Where: Helms Place Mt Majura nature park entrance (near junction of Rivett and Richards Streets)

Information: 0408 429 214 or secretary@majura.org

Bring a magnifying lens, wear sun protection and covered shoes. Please bring a gold coin donation.

It is important to notify us if you are allergic to ants or bee stings.

Dec 262015
 

spiderThis fascinating evening spider walk is with Ian Gordon, a knowledgeable macro photographer with infectious enthusiasm.
Ian has lead two very successful walks recently, and is able to lead another nocturnal spider walk in early January.

Where: Mt Majura nature reserve in Hackett

When: Friday 8th January at 8:30pm.  The walk will last about 2 hours.

Bring: Hand torches or a head torch, ideally a torch that can be focused is more effective at locating spiders. Wear enclosed shoes (not sandals) so that creepy crawlies don’t get too close to you, and a gold coin donation to help with conservation work

Bookings essential – please book by the evening of Thursday 7th January. Contact secretary@majura.org or ph. 0408 429 214

Nov 172015
 

spiderEnjoy an informative evening spider walk in Mt Majura nature reserve, Hackett. Join Ian Gordon, a macro-photography enthusiast with a sharp eye and keen interest in small creatures. Many fascinating spiders are active at night in warm weather. Use your torch to spot their eye-shine – how many will you find?

When: Friday 4th December

Bring: a good torch, wear enclosed shoes (not sandals), and a gold coin donation to help with conservation work

Bookings & details:
secretary@majura.org or ph. 6248 8955

Sep 302015
 
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Hoary Sunrays 2015

Join local plant ecologist Michael Doherty for a wildflower ramble in the nature reserve behind the Watson Fair on Sunday 25 October and enjoy a spring Floriade on the mountain.

This delightful walk will highlight different species found in grassland, woodland and open forest.
Please bring good walking shoes, water, sun protection, and a hand lens/magnifying glass if you have one.
A new flora list is available for a donation

When: 25th October, 2-4pm.

Where: Meet close to the nature reserve entrance Tay St / Ian Nicol St at The Fair, North Watson; see volunteer registration point on this map

Contact: 6248 8955 or secretary@majura.org

Sep 292015
 
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A tiny white camouflaged moth by Ian Gordon

Join Ian Gordon a macro-photography enthusiast with a sharp eye and keen interest in tiny creatures. Try to decode camouflage and train your eyes to locate small creatures – orb weaving spiders, lady bugs, parasitic wasps, caterpillars, plant hoppers…… What will you spot?

It is wonderful to be aware of the diverse range of creatures, large and small which live in a healthy Yellow Box woodland. Ian’s interest stems from Macro photography. When he finds an unusual bug he goes online to identify and research it.  He says that he is not an ‘expert’ but that he does have a keen interest. Recently he has noticed activity in the insect world and that the bugs are starting to stir. He spotted a lot of small orb weaving spiders, a few lady beetles and small parasitic wasps, and even a couple of caterpillars and a plant hopper.

Any age welcome – it really boils down to interest in looking for and finding miniature and often disguised and camouflaged arthropods.

Magnifying glasses/hand lenses, not necessary but really depends on the individual’s eye sight.

When: Sunday 11 October 10am – 12 noon

Where:  Majura Paddock. Exact meeting point to be given to registered participants.

Numbers limited bookings essential: 6248 8955 or secretary@majura.org
Wear sun protection and covered shoes.

Link to the Bug walk poster

Aug 192015
 
robin

Scarlet Robin, male (David Cook)

Walk through the woodlands with bird enthusiast Peter Miller to spot, observe, listen to, and learn about the amazing variety of birds on Mt Majura.

When: Sunday 13 September 8 – 10 am

Where: Meet at nature reserve entrance Tay St / Ian Nicol St, in The Fair, Watson (volunteer registration point on this map)

Enquiries: 6248 8955 or secretary@majura.org

Bring sun protection and wear appropriate clothing for the weather.
Recommended: Binoculars and a Gold Coin donation for a bird list.

Birdwalk poster for upload

Jul 282014
 
Volunteers signing in for NTD 2014

Volunteers signing in for National Tree Day 2014 community planting

 National Tree Day 2014 dawned crisp and bright.  We were happy to see a steady stream of more than 150 volunteers arriving to help with the challenging task of planting more than 460 seedlings.

Shane Rattenbury arrived promptly at 1pm and gamely demonstrated the approved planting techniques under the steely gaze of Waltraud Pix, the Friends of Mount Majura National Tree Day co-ordinator.

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Waltraud instructs Shane Rattenbury in correct planting technique

The ABC camera crew was present and it was wonderful to see our efforts on the ABC evening news – Canberra marks National Tree Day (click on the video at the bottom of the first picture; the second half of the video covers the planting event on Mount Majura). If you would like to see more photos taken during the planting event visit  this Flickr picture gallery.

Some of the 460 seedlings we planted during NTD

Some of the 460 seedlings we planted during National Tree Day

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Volunteers hard at work on the planting site behind The Fair.

Refreshments were welcome!

Refreshments were welcome!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We planted native trees, shrubs and wild flowers, raised from seeds by Greening Australia and volunteers to help re-vegetate our nature parks.

The Conservation Council served hot chocolate during the event and after hours of energetic planting work, all the volunteers were pleased to find the Majura Mountain Scouts were providing a wonderful BBQ with plenty of sausages.

A big Thank-You to all our volunteers and supporters for a job well done!

View the list of species planted on National Tree Day 2014 here.

Friends of Mount Majura gratefully acknowledge the support and help from the ACT Parks and Conservation Service, the Conservation Council ACT Region, Greening Australia, the Majura Mountain Scouts, the North Canberra Community Council, and *Village Building Company.

*Village Building Company gave funds as part of an agreement with community groups to mitigate the impact of “The Fair” residential development on the natural values of Mount Majura nature park.

National Tree Day is held annually by Planet Ark which runs the Australian wide project to encourage mass tree plantings and to communicate the merit of trees.