North Shore Group

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Walks & Talks Term 2, 2017

  At the:

"Caley’s Pavilion"
The Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden
420 Mona Vale Road,
St Ives

Arrive at 9:45 am for a 10:00am start.
Information sheets are provided.
Walks conclude at approx. 12.30 pm.

Please wear suitable footwear, and bring a hat and water.
No prior knowledge required - just an enquiring mind and a love of the bush!

There is a fee of $5 per person per session to cover costs, discounted to $2 for APS members.

Topics and leaders for term 2, 2017

May 1st

Leader: David Chandler
Topic: Parts of the Plant - Fruit ’

An immature leaf which ired and very hairy

This topic will examine the fruits or seed cases of common native plants found in Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden. Through a hands-on approach we will classify the plants by their seed case type and identify them during a walk in the gardens. David is also a guide in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney.

May 8th

Leaders: Jenny Talbot and Bev Robinson
Topic: Introduction to Fungi ’

A fungi growing on a banksia cone.

Back by popular demand, the presenters will once again share their own observations and enthusiasm for fungi identification and the myriad forms found at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden. Jenny and Bev will include an introduction to Fungi; fungi field recording; fungi of KWG; recording fungi sightings; Citizen Science and summarise useful online resources. On the walk through Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden we will seek out the fruiting bodies of fungi and hopefully gain some idea of the variety of their shapes and colours. Join with Bev and Jenny on this behind-the-scenes look into a different kingdom.

May 15th

Leader: Sue Bowen
Topic: ‘Ferns ’

juivenial Fern fronds

The Fern House at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden is a sheltered spot planted with a very wide variety of ferns, cycads and epiphytic orchids. In her lecture, Sue will outline the structure and evolution of ferns and allied plants and describe some of the ferns growing in the KWG. On the walk we will view various ground ferns and cycads and explore the Fern House near Lamberts Clearing. Join with Sue on this behind-the-scenes look into primitive plants.

May 22nd

Leaders: Alec Fisher
Topic: ‘Parts of the Plant – Leaves and Stems’

An immature leaf which ired and very hairy

Most of us take leaves for granted but the story of leaves is one of great variety and complexity. They are nature’s solar cells powering their food factories that nurtures plants and which, in many cases, provide nourishment for browsing animals and us humans. There is a diversity of form and structure of leaves but this can provide valuable aids into identification of plants down to that of a particular plant species.
Join with Alec to explore that marvel of nature – Leaves

May 29th

Leader: Bill Jones
Topic:' 'Rainforests’

The world is losing Rainforest. There are remnants in the Sandstone gullies of Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden. As well, species of the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves of Australia that are World Heritage Listed have been introduced to our garden areas. Join Bill Jones to see these plants, learn their origins and how to identify them.

June 5th

Leader: Bill Jones
Topic: ’Eucalyptus, Angophora and Corymbia (Myrtaceae)'

An Angophora

“Eucalypts” belong to the very large family Myrtaceae and there are over 900 species in Australia. The introduction to the talk on Eucalypts will briefly cover historical aspects and taxonomy. There are about 23 species (not including hybrids) found in the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden in the 3 genera: Eucalyptus, Angophora and Corymbia. Information sheets will be available as will photos and specimens (fruits, buds, leaves) to examine. A tour of the gardens will enable observation of the tree habit and the type of bark. A simplified Key to the Eucalypts will be available on the day and should hopefully assist in identification of the tree in situ. Come along and join in the challenge! It’s fun!

June 12th Public Holiday - no walk


June 19th

Leader: Bobby Jones
Topic: ‘Mammal Pollinators of Ku-ring-gai ’

The role of insects in pollination of food crops is well-known. Less commonly appreciated is the role of Australian native animals in the pollination of native shrubs and trees. Bobby Jones is coordinator of a very successful pygmy possum monitoring program in the Ku-ring-gai area and today he will discuss the role of pygmy possums, sugar gliders, fruit bats and other native mammals in the pollination process. During the walk we will look for signs of mammal feeding sites and nesting sites and come to appreciate which mammals may be on the loose in our tree tops at night.

June 26th

Leader: Michael Griffith
Topic: Walk to St Ives Showground (10 am to 2:30 pm)

A eucalypt tree

We take the opportunity to study the vegetation along the walking track between the eastern part of KWG and the northern part of St Ives Showground. Even though the showground is adjacent to KWG, this track supports a surprising number of plants not easily accessible in KWG. Please wear suitable footwear. Bring a hat, water and a packed lunch to eat at the Showground. A car will be left at the showground for transporting a limited number of walkers back to KWG.