The Albany Branch is a small and dedicated group that run a number of activities. A Wildflower Show is organised every September, as are regular excursions and meetings with guest speakers. The Branch plays a large role in coordinating the Albany Herbarium. The group is also passionate about conservation issues in the area.
The Branch meets at the Albany Herbarium, behind the DPaW office (entry cnr Moir & Hymus Streets) on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7.30 pm. The Saturday following the meeting, an outing is held. Members meet at the Herbarium to car-pool at 8.50am, for a day trip to a local Reserve or National Park. Meetings are not held in September, due to the Wildflower Show or January.
The Herbarium is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 9.30am to 12pm.
President: Lynda Strahan, 9844 3852
Secretary: Wendy Minchin, 9845 1220
Address: Herbarium, PO Box 937, Albany 6331,
Telephone 9842 4545
The December meeting will be on the 13th December at the earlier time of 6.30pm at the Albany Regional Herbarium. BYO share platter for a Christmas party. Eileen Rodgers will give a presentation on the rare flora specimens collected for the Albany Herbarium over the last year, under the supervision of Botanist Libby Sandiford.
Our October meeting features a talk by well-known Aquatic researchers Geraldine and Steve Janicke.
Steve and Geraldine specialize in the environmental assessment of rivers, wetlands and estuaries, collecting a wide range of data that can be used to assess the overall health of these ecosystems. While Steve will give an overview on rivers of the South Coast, Geraldine will speak about the aquatic plants of our naturally saline rivers and their relationship with the aquatic fauna.
For more information on their research visit their Facebook page or website: https://www.facebook.com/Steve.Geraldine.Janicke/
The meeting will be held at the Albany Regional Herbarium at 7.30pm on October 18th. The Herbarium is located at the rear of the Albany DPaW site, with access at the corner of Moir and Hymus Streets.
On 22nd October the Albany Branch of the WSWA join with the Albany Bird Group to visit the Balijup Fauna Sanctuary, near Tenterden. The sanctuary is part of a farm owned by the Hordacre family. Nancy and Tom Hordacre realized the value of the incredible bush on their property and left large fenced areas of pristine bush on their farm. Their descendants have now created a “predator-proof” mammal habitat for researchers to use to protect threatened species and undertake other fauna-based research projects. Meet at Mt Barker Tourist Bureau at 8am. BYO morning tea, lunch, water, sunscreen etc.
On 29th October The Albany Branch of the WSWA will visit Eddy and Donna Wajon’s Chingarrup property. Eddy is coming from Perth to show us over his property, which is near Wellstead. It is part of Gondwanalink and has lots of wildflowers at this time of year. Eddy and Donna have been very busy with re-vegetative planting, hosting teams of researchers (doing both flora and fauna surveys), and keeping weeds and feral animals under control. Meet to car pool at the Albany Regional Herbarium at 7.40am (leave 7.45am) and Bakers Junction at 8am. BYO morning tea, lunch, water, sunscreen etc.
Joint Outing with Armadale Branch
Saturday 13th August to Waychinicup National Park, and Cheynes Beach. Meet at the Herbarium at 8.50am or at Baker’s Junction at 9.15am to car pool.
Tuesday 16th at 7.30pm. The talk will be by the delightful Sylvia Leighton on the work she is doing as part of her Masters degree. In her words it is about “ Bringing the Family farm back to good heart and soil health after 20 years of blue gums.” No “fluffy elves” – just finding practical solutions to creating a commercially viable farming enterprise as well as incorporating new wildlife habitat and corridors whilst protecting the areas of remnant bushland, to try to bring back the spirit of the natural landscape”. The talk will be followed by supper. All welcome.
There are no upcoming events at this time.