Australian National Botanic Gardens

Resume in February 2022 — Theatrette
Our Thursday lunchtime talks cover diverse aspects of the natural world in Australia and around the globe.

The talks are aimed at a  general audience and everyone is welcome.

12.30 pm on Thursdays from February through November

Please direct queries about the talks to the Thursday Talks Team

To assist in maintaining COVID-19 guidelines, bookings are essential.

The booking link for each talk is on the Friends calendar website entry for the respective talk. Bookings available from the Friday before the talk until Wednesday night before the talk.


10 March  – Australian bird names are all sorted out. Yes? No? Maybe?
Dr Leo Joseph

Leo, Director of the Australian National Wildlife Collection, CSIRO, will focus on birds from northern Australia to show where knowledge of the names we need to apply to birds still needs a lot more work.  Examples from lorikeets, friarbirds, orioles, quail-thrush, whipbirds, black-cockatoos, pigeons and maybe a few more!

17 March  – Bush Blitz – 11 years old and going strong!
Jo Harding and Kate Grarock

Jo and Kate from Bush Blitz, will describe how Bush Blitz has been discovering more than 1700 new species since 2010, across 41 expeditions, including a voyage on RV Investigator. They also engage with land managers, traditional owners, teachers and students. 

24 March – Climate change and our health and wellbeing
Dr Arnagretta Hunter

Black Summer 2019 / 2020 left many people in Canberra with personal insight into the health impacts of our changing climate. Arnagretta is Human Futures Fellow, ANU, and a Senior Lecturer in the Rural Clinical School at ANU Medical School. Her discussion will explore both the health impacts of climate change and the health benefits of our natural environment.

31 March  – Melting ice and rising seas; how much, how fast?
Dr Prame Chopra

Prame, formerly of ANU, will discuss the uncertainties in the future paths of ice volume and sea level, the machinations of the imperfect Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the likely consequences for us all.

7 April – Gang-Gang nesting ecology
Michael Mulvaney and Chris Davey

Chris and Michael will reveal how citizen science research by hundreds of Canberrans has contributed to the scientific and wider understanding of Gang-Gangs and how this research is to be continued with a focus on trying to answer why the Gang-Gang numbers have been stable here, but declined in other places. 

14 April  – What you never knew about poo!
Professor Simon Haberle

Simon, who is Director, School of Culture, History & Language, will tell the fascinating story of tiny fungi that live on dung and what they tell us about giant animals that roamed the earth.

21 April  – The Little Eagle – a botanical perspective
Dr Stuart Rae

Stuart, a visitor at the Research School of Biology, ANU, has been with the Little Eagle Research Group, which has amassed a wealth of data on the breeding ecology and range of the eagle, and a botanical perspective helps explain the bird’s distribution.


Resume in February 2022




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