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Citizen Science: Challenges and Benefits for Biodiversity Conservation
Saturday 11 August 2018
Program details will be available soon.
Registrations will open in May.
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THECA’s New Binocular Microscope

THECA’s New Binocular Microscope

Recently, the THECA committee approved the purchase of a Nikon binocular microscope for people to ‘play’ with. We have added a video camera and connected it to a TV monitor. This means that many people at once can see what is under the microscope and, further, those who have difficulty peering down eyepieces and adjusting focus and magnification can still get the full experience. So far the instrument has been used for a Kids Time event and for an Open Sunday. With excellent magnification and resolution, visitors have been able to clearly see the details of a fly’s eye, a flower’s stamen, and even our snake-skin being consumed by a tiny caterpillar!

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Birdwalk November 2017

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Our last boardwalk of the year was to Seventeen Mile Rocks Park at Jindalee. While this was more of a social outing we had a number of interesting and unusual sightings of the area (now very busy with people and human activities). A Little Corella taking the seed pods of an introduced cassia? tree in the carpark, a young Magpie Goose flying overhead, a male Darter in full breeding plumage perched on a rock in the river and our first sighting of a Dusky Honeyeater were of special note. The Dusky Honeyeaters seem to be extending their range southwards as one was sighted recently in Sherwood Arboretum. Of note was that we did not see the smaller species such as fairy-wrens, finches and scrub-wrens that we have sighted in past years.

LOCATION: 17Mile Rocks Park

DATE: 25.11.17



Magpie Goose

Maned Duck

Pacific Black Duck

Australian Brushturkey

Australian White Ibis

White-faced Heron

Australasian Darter

Masked Lapwing

Rock Dove

Spotted Dove

Crested Pigeon

Pheasant Coucal

Pacific Koel

Channel-billed Cuckoo

Laughing Kookaburra

Sacred Kingfisher

Rainbow Bee-eater

Little Corella

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Rainbow Lorikeet

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet

Pale-headed Rosella

Brown Honeyeater

Blue-faced Honeyeater

Noisy Miner

Lewin's Honeyeater

Striated Pardalote

Grey Butcherbird

Pied Butcherbird

Australian Magpie

Pied Currawong

Black-faced Cuckooshrike

Australasian Figbird

Olive-backed Oriole

Willie Wagtail

Torresian Crow

Welcome Swallow

Tree Martin

Dusky Honeyeater

Kids time: Art in the Forest

The popular Kids Time Art in the Forest will be held at The Hut

Children will participate in art and craft activities using natural materials, and inspired by the forest environment of Mt Coot-tha.

They will experience different media, and be able to make gifts, cards, and decorations for Christmas.

Thursday 14 December 2017, 9.30 - 11.30 am.

Place: The Hut, THECA

Ages: Environmental activities for children aged 5 - 10 years

Bookings are essential.

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Kids time: What do they Eat?


Find out what different animals and plants feed on and create a food web. What happens when the food chain is broken?

Thursday 5 April 2018, 9.30 – 11.30 am

Place: The Hut, THECA

Ages: Environmental activities for children aged 5 - 10 years

Cost: for each activity is $15 per child ($10 concession for THECA members' children and grandchildren)

Bookings are essential.

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We look forward to seeing you!