National Tree Day - 30 July 2017 - 'Be inspired! It's in our nature'.

Be part of Australia's largest community tree planting and nature-care event. Join thousands of community groups, sport clubs, faith groups and families, in making a difference to your community, fostering a love of nature and creating positive environmental change. Dig in and register here or call 1300 88 5000 to run a tree planting event or nature-care activity at your nearby park, sports field, nature reserve or workplace. Being involved in National Tree Day is a great way to:

  • enhance local communities, 
  • connect people with nature, 
  • empower individuals to make a difference,
  • inspire positive environmental change, and
  • safeguard our country's native flora and fauna.

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 NSW, 16 - 19 October 2017

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.

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.

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. Call for abstracts closes on Friday 14 July 2017. Read more.