November 2006 newsletter

  • Walk Against Warming: International Day of Action on Climate Change, this Saturday 4 Nov
  • Weed Swap, this weekend
  • Early Bird Walk, this Sunday 5 Nov
  • Wildflower Walk, Sunday 12 Nov
  • New to our website: Species Lists for Mt Majura
  • End of the Year Woody Weeds Working Bee, Sunday, 19 November
  • Seed collection

Dear Friends,

I’m writing this events’ reminder and update to the sound of rain – how wonderful it is to listen to rain again….

Walk Against Warming: International Day of Action on Climate Change, this Saturday
Join the growing movement of concerned people demanding real action on climate change through renewable energy, legislated targets and improved public transport.
When: Saturday 4 November 12 noon
Where: Starting at Civic Square, ACT Legislative Assembly
What: Fun walk to Glebe Park for speakers and entertainment
Bring: Family, friends, kids, bikes, banners and a picnic lunch.
Co-ordinated by the Conservation Council
For more info: or 62477808 or

WEED SWAP – swap your weeds for FREE Australian Natives this weekend
You can exchange environmental woody weeds (eg Privet, Cotoneaster, Firethorn, Periwinkle, Ivy, Honeysuckle) that grow in your garden for FREE Australian native plants at two garden waste recycling locations.
When: This weekend, 4th and 5th November from 8.30am to 4.00pm each day.
Where: Canberra Sands & Gravel in Belconnen and Corkhills Brothers near the Mugga lane tip.
A range of ground-covers, small and larger shrubs and clumping plants that are hardy in Canberra’s climate will be available and volunteers on site will assist with advice.
For more information please contact Rosemary on 6258 4724. WEED SWAP is an initiative of the Australian Native Plants Society in partnership with ACT Government and funded through the Natural Heritage Trust.

Early Bird Walk, this Sunday 5 November
Your last chance to register for this walk – please call 62491514; the list will close on Saturday.
When: Sunday 5 November, 7.30am (sharp) to 9.30am
Where: Meet at Antill Street park entrance opposite Carotel, Watson
Bring: Sun protection and binoculars, if you have them.
Find a Bird Species List for Mt Majura (pdf) at our website (on the home page, go to Species Lists for Mt Majura or to Early Bird Walk).
We will split into subgroups, each of which will be guided by a volunteer of the Canberra Ornithologists Group (COG).
A Canberra Birds Pocket Guide, printed copy of the Bird species list for Mt Majura and other material will be available for a voluntary contribution towards the expenses.

Wildflower Walk, Sunday 12 November
Enjoy an easy walk through Mt Majura’s woodlands guided by local botanist Michael Doherty. Learn about the plants that grow there and how they cope with Australia’s harsh climate. Due to little rain this year we’ll expect to see less plants in flower compared to last year’s floriade. The challenge will be to identify plants by their vegetative characteristics. No booking required.
When: Sunday 12 November, 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Where: Meet Mackenzie Street Park entrance opposite Grayson Street (Hackett)
Bring: Sun protection
Find a (preliminary) Plant Species List for Mt Majura and Mt Ainslie on our website and view some of the flowering gems, which we have encountered on last year’s walk.

New to our website: Species Lists for Mt Majura
On this new page you can locate Species Lists for Mt Majura in pdf format. The lists have been compiled by members of FoMM, COG and researchers. The lists are not complete and additional records would be appreciated. If you are interested to compile a list on other taxa such as invertebrates, for records of additional species or any other suggestion please contact

End of the Year Woody Weeds Working Bee
Our last woody weeds working party this year will be on Sunday, 19 November from 9.00 am to 12.00 noon. This working party marks our 3rd anniversary – in November 2003 we had our first working party. Meet at the fire trail behind Mackenzie Street about opposite Hull Place, there is a walk way between 85 and 87 Mackenzie St. Please bring sun protection and full body covering clothing, equipment will be provided. View a map of the locality on our website closer to the date.

Enjoy the rain.
Warm regards
FoMM co-ordinator

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