Promoting Interest in All Aspects of 

Natural History

Monthly Meeting:
2nd Wednesday of the Month

Join us at 7pm in the Higher Education Building of CDU for our next meeting. Additional information can be found in the current newsletter.


About the Club
Contacts & Fees
Current Newsletter (pdf)
Archive of Past Newsletters
Birding around Alice Springs
Useful Links
Places to Visit

Who We Are:

A group of people of all ages, interested in the natural world. Many of the group are experts in particular fields: geology, fauna, and flora. All are keen both to learn and to share their particular knowledge with others.

 

What We Do:

MEETINGS

Regular monthly meetings are held, with a guest speaker talking about some aspect of natural history. These are often illustrated with computer images or slides. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month (except December and January) at 7:00 pm at the Higher Education Building, Charles Darwin University. Visitors are welcome.

FIELD TRIPS

The frequent field trips are usually organised at weekends, longer ones in the Winter months, shorter ones in the heat of Summer. These include bushwalks of varying grades, drives to interesting locations and nocturnal wildlife spotting. They may be day trips or over several days and include camping.

There is always plenty of time for observations, identifications, discussions and photographs. Browse our newsletters to see photos and descriptions of our past excursions.

PROJECTS

Projects include Water for Life monitoring of local waterholes, fish, plant and animal surveys, and participation in the ongoing Australian Bird Atlas.

NEWSLETTERS

A monthly newsletter is sent to all members with information on meetings, trips and activities, and any other articles of interest submitted by members. Details about upcoming trips and speakers can be found in the current newsletter

Highlights from 2011:

MEETING TOPICS

  • Field Notebooks and Nature Journals
  • Central Australian Wetlands
  • Desert SNAILS living around Alice Springs.
  • Fire in Central Australia
  • Camels in Australia
  • Maatsuyker Island
  • Birding in Thailand
  • A History of Weather in Central Australia

EXCURSIONS

  • Walk around Ooramina to see the plethora of wildflowers in bloom after the recent rains
  • Nocturnal walks and evening animal hunts at Simpsons Gap, Trephina Gorge, and 2-Mile waterhole
  • Easter at Newhaven Reserve
  • Andado swamp (with water in it!)
  • Exploring Conlon's Lagoon claypan
  • Alice Valley (behind Ellery Creek Bighole)
  • Geology of Ellery Creek

ACTIVITIES

  • Monthly wild bird counts at Alice Springs Desert Park
  • Quarterly Waterbird Survey at the Sewage Ponds
  • Promoting Natural History at the Ecofair