Author Archives: MattOfTheKeep

Mountain Pygmy Possum (Burramys parvus)

At our next meeting, Hayley Bates, a PhD candidate from the University of New South Wales will be presenting a talk on one of Australia’s most iconic climate change species, the Mountain Pygmy-possum (Burramys parvus).

When: Wednesday 22 May 2013, 8 pm
Where: Glenaeon School Hall, 121 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag

Hayley has spent the last three years researching and monitoring Burramys populations across New South Wales. Her talk will cover topics including: a history of Burramys, current population status and threats, present research, recent field discoveries and an exciting new approach to conservation.

Have a read of her recent article in The Conversation

Everyone welcome – friends and neighbours included. Please join us for supper after Hayley’s presentation.

Comment on Castlehaven Reserve Draft Action Plan

Comments are being sought by Willoughby City Council for their proposed actions at Castlehaven Reserve. Castlehaven Reserve is a long and narrow foreshore Reserve that includes the heritage Haven Ampitheatre.

View the draft action plan Castlehaven Reserve Draft Reserve Action Plan

To comment go to Have your say at Willoughby City Council

Or you can navigate to it from Councils’ homepage by clicking on the ‘Have Your Say’ tab.

Comments are required by April 28, 2013

Trees: the ultimate green investment?

All welcome at our next meeting: Wednesday 27 March 2013

Beautiful Sydney Red Gums by the water of Middle Harbour

Glenaeon School Hall, 121 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag at 8 pm

AGM & Election of Office Bearers

followed by

Trees: the ultimate green investment?

Lorraine Cairnes and Prof. Carrick Chambers

Lorraine and Carrick will lead a discussion on the environmental value of trees. How do you view trees? Trees line many of our streets; we also have bushland reserves bordering residences and streets. But are we losing the battle to save our trees ? With more and more big housing developments are we losing our tree cover? Do you agree that trees along with other native flora are essential not only for us but also all the other creatures that make up the ecosystem? Come along and add your voice to the discussion.

“Trees are nature’s air conditioners,” Dr Coutts said. “It does cost money to maintain the urban forest, but the benefits provided by trees like urban cooling, energy savings, and stormwater runoff help justify the investment in urban greening programs,” Julie Power, SMH March 9-10 3013

Everyone is welcome. Supper and further talk will follow.

July 2012, Speaker Meeting

“First humans, Last Megafauna? A brief look at the question of

megafaunal extinction and the human overkill model.

Dr Judith Field

Senior Research Fellow

Thursday   26   July   2012 ,  8 pm   

Glenaeon School Hall, 121 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag

The extinction of a suite of giant animals, including the Diprotodon, the giant flightless bird Genyornis and a goanna the size of a Komodo dragon sometime during the last 100,000 years has been the subject of heated and sometimes acrimonious debate. That the extinctions appeared to coincide with the last ice age and the arrival of humans has led to entrenched and polarised views on the topic that continue to attract media attention. In this talk I hope to present some of the facts of the case and canvass the most explanations that may account for these events.

Judith Field is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales, having moved from the University of Sydney where she had been a research fellow since 1996. She majored in Archaeology and Botany in her undergraduate studies and was awarded a PhD from the School of Geography at UNSW in 1996. Judith’s research focus is on Pleistocene archaeology, principally archaeological approaches to the timing and causes of megafaunal extinctions in Australia. She has directed excavations at the Pleistocene archaeological site of Cuddie Springs in western New South Wales since 1991, led survey and excavation at Riversleigh in north west Queensland and investigated the  antiquity of rainforest occupation in tropical Australia. She is currently working in the highlands of Papua New Guinea investigating plant use through time at the Kosipe Mission site, which has the earliest radiocarbon- dated sequences from PNG/Australia. Judith has been awarded over $1.5 million for these projects through the competitive Australian Research Council project grant schemes.

In addition to the field-based research programs she has a keen interest in areas of archaeological science that have stemmed from the field programs. These include functional studies of flaked and ground stone tools, which include identification and characterisation of organic residues on stone tools, studies of fossil pollen and microscopic charcoal.

Supper will follow Judith’s talk.