Moondyne Festival


THE TOODYAY NATURALISTS' CLUB TURNS FIFTY

The Toodyay Naturalisdts' Club had its Golden Anniversary Celebration at a members home on the 27th October 2018. Over fifty members and guests attended the day in the Julimar Forest area.

This very special event was also the launch of the club's latest book A guide to exploring Toodyay... naturally. The Guide was launched by Patron Dr Neville Marchant, who then handed the book to Rob, Pam and Donna, three of our earliest members.

The guide is available for purchase only through the club. It has 190 pages, with colour illustrations throughout; a brief description appears on the rear cover
The cost of the guide is $27.00 plus packing and postage.

Our Secretary can provide details on how to order.

DRUMMOND HOUSE - TOODYAY ENVIRONMENT & HISTORY CENTRE

The home of the Toodyay Nats Club- 108b Stirling Terrace (next to the Toodyay Bendigo Bank). This is shared with the Toodyay Friends of the River Inc. and Toodyay Historical Society Inc. Drummond House is open to the public each Saturday between 10am and 12pm. This is a good time to drop in and meet our members, learn more about Toodyay, find out what the groups are doing or just socialise.
The TNC is grateful for the assistance of the Toodyay Op Shop with this new home

2019 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Our exciting 2019 Programme has now been published.

NEWSLETTER AND BACK ISSUES

The Club regularly publishes the TNC Newsletter, a high quality publication on natural history. Read the latest BUMPER EDITION or you can download back copies. The next edition is due out by the end April, 2019. You can subscribe to the newsletters or order back copies - please type 'subscribe' or 'back copies' with your name and email address addresses in the subject line. For back copies list the copies you require in the text area.

Below: Everyone is out looking for water. Below a Southern Boobook Owl enjoys a splash in a bird bath.

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Above: A Potter Wasp (Photo: Sharon Richards).

The native Potter wasp or Mason wasp, Abispa (Abispa) ephippium (Fabricius, 1775), (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) is a solitary wasp, widespread in Australia. Potter wasp females build nests in sheltered positions using mud, and supply their larvae with spiders and caterpillars. The larvae then feed upon these insects, before emerging. Although the female can sting and can exhibit aggressive nest defence they are not considered harmful. The nests can be above or below ground but are often well hidden. The adult wasps generally feed on plant nectar.
[Information supplied by Mr Andras (Andy) Szito | Taxonomist/Curator, WA Museum]

JOHN MASTERS BIRD HIDE. The Toodyay Naturalists' Club's John Masters Bird Hide, and the Toodyay Friends of the River's Bilya Walk Track, continue to attract a host of visitors and walkers.

WHEATBELT NRM NEWSLETTER

Wheatbelt NRM is sponsor of our Newsletter. View the latest Wheatbelt NRM Newsletter or download back issues

NEXT EVENT

Our next event will be on Saturday 13th April, 7pm in the CWA Hall. Don and Eva Smith will present on their recent trip to the Galapagos.

Page updated 31 March 2019

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