Meetings are held at the Royal Geographical Society Rooms, 237 Milton Road, Milton (opp. the Railway Station, UBD 159 F11) on the first Thursday of each month except January unless otherwise specified. Doors open at 7:15 pm and the meetings start at 7:30 pm with any notices or other business. A short talk is followed by the main address. Questions are invited following both talks. Supper is provided after the meeting and a $2 donation is requested to assist with the cost of refreshments and hire of the venue.
Meetings for 2017
4 May 2017
Short talk - Melissa Ashley : The Birdman's Wife.
John Gould, the famous 19th century
ornithologist known as 'The Birdman'
is renowned for creating the most
sublime images of birds from all over
the world. But few people know that
his wife, Elizabeth Gould, was the
artist who drew, illustrated and
designed, producing more than 600 of
the exquisite hand-coloured
lithographs. The Birdman's Wife tells
her amazing story.
Long talk - Robert Bush: What do waders do on the coast of Kamchatka, Far-Eastern Russia, during the northern summer?. For seven weeks in July and August 2016, Robert joined a Russian team who were studying waders on the north western shores of Kamchatka, in far eastern Russia. This sub-arctic region is remote and covered in snow for much of the year. But between May and September the snow melts, the tundra comes alive with flowers and waders come to nest. The team studied local birds that nested there and also other birds that nest in the high Arctic, then come to the study area to prepare for their long migration south to Australia and parts of Asia. Robert will describe what the team found on a part of the coast which had previously not been systematically observed. In particular, he will describe the differences between adults and juveniles after they leave the nesting sites and some of the risks they face for survival. The talk will include photos of waders and many other birds which come to the Arctic regions to nest each year.