Alice Springs Field Naturalists Club - About Us

 

Promoting Interest in All Aspects of 

Natural History

Monthly Meeting:
2nd Wednesday of the Month

All organised meetings, presentations, activities and trips are currently cancelled due to health restrictions. We will update the website with information when we restart.

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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 Olive Pink Botanic Garden Visitors Centre. 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 fish, insect, plant and animal surveys. Bird lists are often compiled during excursions and added to national databases.

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

Recent Highlights:

MEETING TOPICS

  • Lichens and mosses
  • Bilby management across Central Deserts
  • Geophysics and the bush
  • Exploring frogs using the Aust. Museum app
  • 16 day walk from Finke Gorge to Watarrka
  • Volunteering at Whenua Hou with Kakapo
  • Research into Northern Quolls
  • Identifying local birds

EXCURSIONS

  • Behind the scenes at the Alice Springs Desert Park
  • Roma Gorge
  • 3 day camp at Newhaven Sanctuary
  • 2 day camp at Alcoota fossil site
  • Alice Springs herbarium
  • The Pinch and Hell's Gate
  • Walk in the hills to a "Secret Garden"
  • 3 day journey along the Finke River

ACTIVITIES

  • Waterbird surveys with Central Australian Birdlife
  • Promoting Natural History at the Heritage Market