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Invitation to celebrate 100 years since Cradle Mountain was proclaimed as protected!

 

Posted 8 May, 2022


 Illustrated Checklist of Tasmanian Beetles launched

TFNC members Simon Grove and Lynne Forster, in collaboration with their colleague Nicholas Porch, have published the first in a proposed series of checklists of Tasmanian insects. This checklist is a catalogue of all the described species of Coleoptera (beetles) from Tasmania, including Macquarie Island. The book includes a meticulous up-to-date list of 2,864 species including over 600 endemics and colour plates featuring at least one representative species from almost every family.

The checklist is sold from the TMAG gift shop and through the Royal Society of Tasmania, either from their office (in the TMAG building) or online:

https://rst.org.au/product/an-illustrated-checklist-of-the-insects-of-tasmania-part-1-coleoptera-beetles/.

Posted 22 December 2021, updated 11 May 2022


 

Le Souef Award presentation

At the General Meeting on Thursday 7 April, 2022 members Kristi Ellingsen and Tony Daley were presented with the Victorian Entomological Society’s Le Souëf Memorial Award.

They then gave a lively and informative presentation  entitled “Alert not Alarmed - Improving the Public Perception of Insects”.

   

Kristi and Tony with the Le Souef Award certificates.

 Photographs: Keith Martin-Smith

    Kristi gives an animated presentation

Visit the online Field Guide to the insects of Tasmania: https://tasmanianinsectfieldguide.com

Here is an mp4 of Kristi's Presentation: Alert not Alarmed

Posted 10 April 2022


 Els Wakefield Interview

Member Els Wakefield was interviewed on Hobart Print Radio. Hear her talk here:

https://www.printradiotas.org.au/vibes-under-the-sea/episode-35-els-wakefield

Posted 7 April 2022

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Weindorfer Memorial Committee

Weindorfer Memorial Committee (of the Wilmot Tourist & Progress Assoc Inc.) is commemorating Gustav and Kate Weindorfer's lives starting at 10:00 AM on May 1 at Wilmot.

More information here.

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Congratulations

to TFNC members Kristi Ellingsen and Tony Daley who have won the Entomological Society of Victoria’s Le Souëf Memorial Award.

They have made a major contribution to the knowledge of Tasmania’s insects, and particularly to its public availability. They thoroughly deserve this prestigious award, and the club whole-heartedly congratulates them.

You can find out more about Kristi and Tony and see some of their excellent work on this year’s latest release of their website https://tasmanianinsectfieldguide.com/welcome/about-us/

Posted 20 December 2021

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Volunteer Caretakers Cape Bruny

 

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (NRE Tas) is calling for Expressions of Interest for Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) Volunteer Caretakers, working in pairs, to be stationed at the Cape Bruny for 6-week placements, between 26 May 2022 and 08 June 2023.

 

This popular volunteer activity provides an opportunity for volunteers to live within heritage accommodation in a unique location, while taking in the beauty of South Bruny National Park and supporting PWS in their management of this spectacular, and historic, site.

 

Please see  Volunteer expressions of interest Volunteer Caretaker Program Cape Bruny Light Station (nre.tas.gov.au) for all details, including how to express your interest.  

 

Please submit your EOI to VolunteerSouth@parks.tas.gov.au

 

Expression of Interest close 7th May 2022. 

 

Posted 28 April, 2022


Call for photographs of Dragonflies and Damselflies

Michael Driessen is currently developing a field guide to Tasmanian dragonflies and damselflies.

If you have photos you think may help illustrate it, please forward them to michael.driessen@dpipwe.tas.gov.au. Pictures can be of adults, larvae, metamorphosis or behaviour. If used, you will be contacted and acknowledged in the guide.

Posted 7 September 2021


 Informal excursions

In recent times some members of Field Naturalists have been conducting some informal excursions, often mid-week. Don Hird is interested in visiting the Tom Gibson Nature Reserve in the Northern Midlands, not far from the Midland Highway near Epping Forest. The reserve was partly set up as a bettong reserve as they are not adequately represented in the existing reserve system and are now endemic to Tasmania. Don would like anyone interested in joining him to contact him via email. At this stage there is no scheduled date and this can be organised to be convenient for everyone interested. Don’s email is donh1952@gmail.com .

Posted 2 May 2021