Newsletter now available – Members Only

The Wildflower Society of WA newsletter (February 2018, Vol 56 No 1) has now been published electronically.  All members are entitled to view and download the electronic newsletter.  The printed newsletter should be posted to those who have requested a hard copy (no green discount) in the next several weeks.

You may view the newsletter online by going to the ‘Members’ tab at the top of any page of the WSWA website, then choose ‘Newsletters’ at the side of the page.

Or link to the newsletter page here.

If you are having trouble logging in, it may be that your membership is overdue.  Please ring Perry House to enquire during office hours, or email memberships@wildflowersocietywa.org.au at any time.

Front cover: Helena and Aurora Range. Photo: Brian Moyle.  More photos of declared rare flora Tetratheca paynteri and Leucopogon spectabilis from the Helena and Aurora Range in the inside cover.

Darling Range NatureBase

Members of the Darling Range Branch of the Wildflower Society and the Naturalists Club have coordinated with Michael and Lesley Brooker to produce a ‘Darling Range Naturebase’ document which is a guide to plants and animals to be found in the area. You are free to download this wonderful reference guide at https://lesmikebrooker.weebly.com/uploads/4/4/1/7/44170569/dr_naturebase_january_2018.pdf – or download here.  For more information about Darling Range Branch of the Wildflower Society, check out their page here.

Thank You, Tasmania

Thanks to the Australian Plant Society Tasmania for a wonderful conference!  They did a brilliant job and set a high standard for us to follow in 2019.  Wonderful tours, fantastic speakers, and even the weather was spectacular.  Thanks from all of the Western Australian attendees !

Congratulations Michael Morcombe AM

Michael was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day 2018 Honours list … ”for significant service to conservation and the environment in the fields of natural history and ornithology as a photographer, illustrator, and author“.

Michael is a foundation member of the Wildflower Society of WA, Armadale Branch (since March 1961), past branch president and patron (2008–2016), and since 2015 an Honorary Life Member of the Society. Michael – along with wife Irene – has published approximately 40 books plus many other publications. His photography, flora and bird illustrations, written works and ‘Australian Birds’ smartphone app have won many awards both nationally and internationally. Being made a Member of the Order of Australia is a well-deserved recognition of his endeavours in the field of natural history.

Thank you, Minister Dawson

Our heartfelt thanks to WA Environment Minister Stephen Dawson, who has announced the final outright rejection of mining of the Helena Aurora Range and the intention to create a Helena Aurora Range national park.

We invite our members to personally thank Minister Dawson, and to look at the proposal for a national park prepared by the Wildflower Society, the Wilderness Society, and the Helena and Aurora Advocates.

Download the Helena and Aurora National Park Proposal here (3mb).

Bush Heritage says ‘thanks’

Wonderful blog from Bush Heritage thanking the Wildflower Society for conducting flora surveys at Hamelin Station and Eurardy Station. We had a lot of fun doing the work… and it is our pleasure. And how nice to receive public recognition.

‘We now have over 50 Threatened, Priority and/or endemic plant species on the list for Eurardy Reserve – amazing! Our most recent purchase in the Mid-west – Hamelin Station Reserve – is located next to the Shark Bay World Heritage Area and had never been surveyed in detail for flora.’ -Vanessa Westcott, Bush Heritage Ecologist

Read the blog here: https://www.bushheritage.org.au/blog/the-wonderful-wildflower-society-of-wa

Photo courtesy Bush Heritage

Helena and Aurora Range National Park Proposal

Many groups (including the Wildflower Society) and individuals involved in the Helena and Aurora Range (Bungalbin) campaign have been very pro active over the last few months to show that there is strong public support for protecting the Range in its entirety. This is important to encourage and support our WA government to say no to mining the Range.

There is every indication that the WA government will make a final decision on whether to allow mining or not within the next couple of weeks (before Christmas). Otherwise the decision will not be made until later in the New Year. The decision will be made by Minister Stephen Dawson, however, he also needs to have the support of other key Ministers in Cabinet as the final decision also considers social and economic factors in addition to environmental. Cabinet meet for the last time this year this Monday on 11 December 2017.

Download the Helena and Aurora National Park Proposal here (3mb).

Holiday Greetings from the Wildflower Society

The Wildflower Society office will be officially closed from Friday 15 December 2017 and re-opening Tuesday 23 January 2018 – though some of us will be in and out over this Christmas period.

Our very best wishes to members and supporters for the Holiday Season!

 

Photo:  M Brundrett

Wildflower Society Members Update – December

The most recent monthly update from the Management Committee is now available on our website, access exclusively for Members only. Log in to the Members area and then the tab ‘Management Committee Updates.’ If you have any difficulties logging in to the system, please email our volunteer administrator at nmcl@westnet.com.au – we can reset your password, give you a simpler password, or guide you through the log-in procedure.  Link here.