Our meetings are generally held at 7.45pm on the second Wednesday of each month. We meet at Charles Darwin University, in Blue Building 2 (see map on Membership page). Field trips are usually held the Sunday following the meeting. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
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Wednesday 14 Feb 7:45 pm |
Presented by Dr Joannah Lee
The illegal trade in wildlife is a serious and growing crime and one to which Australia is not immune. Worldwide it is thought to cost between US$10 and $20 billion dollars annually. The trafficking of birds is a known feature of the illegal trade in wildlife and, as a result of their beauty and charm, Australia’s parrots are commonly targeted. This presentation explores a number of techniques including microscopy and DNA technologies that can be utilised to assist in the investigation of instances of illegal trading in wildlife using the Glossy Black-Cockatoo (a species particularly vulnerable to poaching as a result of its rarity and as it is difficult to breed in captivity) as a model.
Joannah has been a practicing Forensic Scientist since 1998, initially with the Biology Team of the Australian Federal Police and then subsequently with the Forensic Biology Unit, Northern Territory Police. Her major cases include the Bali bombings and the Norfolk Island murder along with a range of other complex cases. She completed her PhD in Wildlife Forensics at the University of Canberra whilst leading the AFPs Biology Team and has given a variety of lectures in a range of forums.
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Sunday 18 Feb 8:30 am | 2 hours
Join Tissa Ratnayeke to explore this National Park situated just across Frances Bay, overlooking the city of Darwin.
This park is a mixture of tropical savanna woodlands and important mangrove habitats. While this field trip will predominantly explore the woodlands, sections of the path will pass in close proximity to the mangroves and hopefully enable us to observe a greater diversity of fauna and flora species.
This is one of the best places in Darwin to see Northern Rosellas and on previous excursions Spotted Tree Monitors and Frill-necked Lizards have been highlights. The Wet Season is also a time of abundance for many insect so expect to see these as well.
Regardless of whether you have just begun your journey of discovering the Top End's fauna and flora or you're an experienced observer, field trips offer wonderful opportunities to nourish and share your interests. We hope you're able to join us.
Please note most of the path is a well made track but depending on weather conditions there may be a short section with very shallow water.
Meet: in the carpark adjacent to the picnic area. Bring: Insect repellent as mosquitoes and biting midges may be present. Wear closed shoes and come prepared for possible wet conditions. Don't forget: your camera and if you have them, binoculars