Rainforest Plant Identification Workshop - Earlwood NSW, 26 & 27 August 2017

Van Klaphake is offering a new hands-on workshop on Rainforest Plant Identification. The 2-day course methodically progresses through Van’s Plant Identification key with individual samples provided so that all the benefits of the plant’s taxonomy can be explored and experienced in a hands-on manner. The second day is a field trip to put the learning into practice in a field setting. The workshops include manuals and specimens to work with. Please bring your own food , this event in not catered. Bring materials for writing notes. Click here for more information and to register.

WA Threatened Species Forum - Geraldton WA, 7-8 September 2017

This forum is being hosted by Natural Resource Management WA (NRM WA) and Western Australia’s seven regional NRM groups, together with the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions. It will provide an opportunity to inform attendees on the priorities of current national, state and regional threatened species strategies; and an opportunity for attendees to share information on activities and interventions, science and solutions for protecting and recovering Western Australia’s threatened plants and animals. Forum attendees are also invited to join a range of optional field trips to the Abrolhos Islands, Kalbarri National Park and the Wildflowers of the Midwest. For more information and to register click here.

2017 State Community Landcare Conference - Clare SA, 11 - 13 September 2017

With the theme of Celebrating Innovation and Diversity in Landcare, the Conference will showcase Landcare and natural resources programmes from across South Australia. As in 2015, the Conference will include keynote presentations by national, state, regional and local leaders in Landcare and natural resources management. It will bring together Landcarers from across South Australia to network with peers, share experiences and ideas, acknowledge the huge achievements of the Landcare community and inspire Landcarers to continue their valuable work. Through keynote addresses, presented papers, workshops and field tours the Conference will explore innovation and diversity in Landcare in four key streams of engagement | security | enterprise | partnerships. These streams will integrate and address Landcare themes of Biodiversity Management and Conservation, Aboriginal Land Management, Coastal Management and Sustainable Farming and Fishing. Conference delegates are also invited to experience landcare and natural resource management in the Northern and Yorke NRM Region, through five field tours to local sites and projects. The Conference will include the 2017 State Landcare Award presentations. REGISTER NOW for the Conference and related events.

Wetland Ecology and Training Courses, Rakali Ecological Consultants - Victoria, October 2017 - March 2018 

Registrations are now open for three wetland courses commencing October 2017, presented by SERA award winning ecologist Damien Cook and Elaine Bayes. Each course can be done as an individual unit or as a complete (discounted) package. 
THE WONDERFUL WETLAND ECOLOGY BUS TOUR, 12 & 13 OCT 2017 - Join us on a bus tour through some of northern Victoria’s most ecologically diverse wetlands that will be looking their best because of recent rainfall and flooding. Learn how ecological drivers determine wetland ecology.
WETLAND RESTORATION AND MANAGEMENT, 16 & 17 NOV 2017 - Learn about wetland restoration and management over 2 days with Damien Cook by visiting ‘Waterways’; an award-winning wetland restoration project which he was involved in planning and implementing, followed by the 200 hectares of coastal park at the Victorian Desalination Plant, Wonthaggi.
THE WETLAND PLANT IDENTIFICATION COURSE STARTS OCT 2017 - Learn easy identification of the most common wetland plants focusing on a different wetland habitats and timed so as to follow the wetting and drying of the stunning Reedy Lagoon at Gunbower Island or nearby wetlands. Click here for more information and to register.

19th NSW Weeds Conference 2017 - Armidale, 16 - 19 October 2017

Registrations are now open! More than $1,200 worth of prizes to win when you register. With the introduction of the new  Biosecurity Act 2015 and proposed Regulation in 2016 that  provides a framework for the prevention, elimination and minimisation of biosecurity risks posed by pests, diseases, weeds and contaminants to the economy, environment and communities of NSW, coupled with the Invasive Species Plan 2015- 2022 objectives, there has never been a more important time for weed professionals to be able to meet the challenges of the practical implementation of these changes within the industry. Our theme of 'Experience the highs – working smarter together' looks to build on the successes of the past whilst looking to the future as we transition into this new era in weed management and control, an approach that must be based on regional cooperation as well as providing a common focus for the actions of the numerous land managers across all tenures. With this in mind Session themes will broadly revolve around Biosecurity in Action; Technology & Innovation; Community, Extension & Social Marketing; Collaboration & Case Studies with a special feature being the Open Debate. Read more.

National Private Land Conservation Conference - Hobart, TAS, 18-20 October 2017

The theme of the 2017 National Private Land Conservation Conference is Valuing Nature exploring the diverse aspects of value, from natural capital and ecosystem services, to community and cultural connections, and the inherent value of nature for its own sake. Join conversations on the value of nature on private land, and how these benefits are measured and communicated. Topics covered will include natural capital, communication and education, conservation policy and the law, land management, and monitoring and evaluation. Registrations are now open  click here for more information.

8th Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand (BGANZ) Congress - Adelaide Botanic Gardens, October 22 - 25, 2017

Hosted by the Botanic Gardens of South Australia. the theme for the Congress is, ‘Preservation: Exploring and Adapting’. This will cover both the natural and political environment and the required strategies to ensure the preservation of endangered species can continue by various means. The theme however also underlines the need for adaptation of Botanic Gardens themselves in the ongoing environment of their ever changing constituencies by adapting to the current needs. Themes will include Connection with community engagement, Botany, Science and Conservation, Horticulture and Horticultural Science, Internal and external education, The inspiration of the younger generations and friends and volunteers and the support of many various forms which are an integral part of Botanic Gardens. For more information and to register, go to the Congress Website.

2017 NSW Landcare and Local Land Services Conference - Albury, 25 - 27 October 2017

The 2017 NSW Landcare and Local Land Services Conference will be held at the Albury Entertainment Centre. The Conference is being hosted by Landcare NSW and Murray Local Land Services, and is being coordinated in partnership with local Landcare and community groups. The theme for the Conference is ‘Sharing our Stories’. Conference topics will focus on agriculture, biodiversity, water and Aboriginal Landcare. Renowned science communicator, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, will be the keynote speaker at the conference. This conference is the premier event to showcase sustainability, Landcare and volunteering across NSW and includes the annual Landcare Muster and the NSW State Landcare Awards. Don’t miss this chance to gather with around 300 people from Landcare and community groups, farmers, Aboriginal groups, industry and government representatives from across NSW and Australia. Click here for more information and to register.

New Zealand Plant Conservation Network Conference - Hokitika, New Zealand, 14-18 November 2017

Registration is now open for the NZPCN 2017 biennial conference which will be held in Hokitika 14-18 November 2017. The conference offers an exciting range of presentations, workshops and field trips. A charity auction and the 2017 NZPCN Plant Conservation Awards will also be held during the conference. Abstract submissions close on 8 September. Register before 30 September to take advantage of early-bird prices. For more information click here.

Territory Natural Resource Management Conference - Darwin, NT, 21-23 November 2017

This year’s conference theme is NRM it starts with you. The conference showcases and advances activities related to sustainably managing the Territory’s land, water and biodiversity. The 2017 Program includes a mix of podium presentations, interactive workshops, displays, field trips and opportunities for delegates and event partners to meet and network.  Click here for more information

Rainforest Plant Identification Short Course - James Cook University Research Station, Paluma, 24-26 November 2017

Presented by the Australian Tropical Herbarium and the Wet Tropics Management Authority this three day introductory short course will introduce participants to the skills and resources needed for rainforest plant identification. The short course will cover:
* What is a rainforest
* How plants are named
* Plant structure and terminology
* A walking tour of nearby rainforest, and hands-on learning through identification of local native plants.
* A review of important rainforest plant families, and the features used to identify them in the field
Click here for more information.

Joint conference of the Ecological Society of Australia and the New Zealand Ecological Society - Hunter Valley, NSW, 26 November - 1 December 2017

The Ecological Society of Australia and the New Zealand Ecological Society are delighted to announce EcoTAS 2017, the sixth joint meeting organised by the two societies. Bridging the Tasman every four years, this combined annual meeting always delivers top-quality ecological science drawn from all ecological subdisciplines from throughout Australasia and beyond. EcoTAS 2017 promises an exciting programme of plenary speakers, symposia, workshops and social events, all held in the beautiful Hunter Valley. The theme of EcoTAS 2017, ‘Putting ecology to work’, is a call to focus on how ecological science can contribute to the economy, society, culture and public policy, as well as to the health of the environment and quality of life. As ecologists, we should identify and communicate the impact of our work and the tangible benefits it can deliver. Read more.