Our What’s On Calendar is a free service to groups and organisations concerned with the Australian environment and wildlife, who wish to bring their activities to the attention of our readers. Check back regularly for event updates!
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November | December | January
Wild Things Art Exhibition
Presented by local artists Wendy Bailye and Sharyn Hall, Wild Things is a marvellous exhibition combining quality contemporary textile art and bespoke artworks incorporating beautifully crafted natural fibres and fabrics, running from November to December. Entry is free.
Richard Randall Art Studio, Brisbane Botanical Gardens
Date: Wed 24 November to Sun 5 December, 9 am to 4 pm daily.
Tropical Foliage Festival
With an incredible variety of foliage on hand, your tropical foliage plants include new release, rare plants and old favourites offering the best quality cordylines, bromeliads, gingers, costas, heliconias, orchids, palms, Aroids and much more. For all your queries, experienced growers and garden experts will be on hand. Plant displays will inspire and there’ll be a monster raffle. The event is fully catered.
Belmont Shooting Complex, 1485 Old Cleveland Rd, Belmont
Date: Sat 26 November & Sun 27 Nov, 9 am to 2:00 pm
Basket-weaving and Mindfulness by the Creek
We all know how good being in nature can make us feel. The sound of the forest, the scent of the trees, the sunlight playing through the leaves, the fresh clean air… these are the things that give us comfort. The land’s traditional people walk through the bush and see shelter, tools, food and medicine, although mostly we do not. We have lost our connection to natural resources and this workshop will reconnect and educate you on how to use what is available in nature to fashion a useful basket for you to take home. You will learn how to weave vines through a journey of creativity and mindfulness while sitting by a running creek, shaded by towering trees and listening to the peaceful sounds of the Australian Bush. Outdoor Spirit provides morning tea to enjoy while you are weaving. Cost $89
Cedar Creek, just past Andy Williams Park.
Date: Sun 27 November 2021, 8 am to midday
Healthy Land & Water Showcase: Boosting the resilience and liveability of our growing region
Healthy Land & Water SEQ is excited to open pre-registrations for a special showcase conference. With the number of restrictions now in place due to COVID, we are planning a hybrid event, opening up the opportunity for people to attend online or face to face. The theme of the conference is ‘Shaping Future SEQ: Boosting the resilience and liveability of our growing region’. Attendees at the one-day event will be treated to an engaging showcase of impactful work. We are expecting the tickets to attend in person to sell out quickly, due to venue distancing requirements. To ensure our key stakeholders are given the first opportunity to secure tickets, we are opening up the opportunity for you to indicate your interest by pre-registering for this event.
Customs House, Brisbane
Date: Thursday 25 November 2021, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
‘Spring into Summer’ Batty Boat Cruise
Spring into summer and join Wildlife Queensland and Bat Conservation and Rescue Qld on our unique, COVID-compliant Batty Boat Cruise this November. Interact with orphaned baby bats on board, enjoy the informative live commentary, and be fascinated by Brisbane’s grey-headed, little red and black flying foxes as we cruise to Norman Creek to watch them fly out over the river at sunset.
Cultural Centre Pontoon, Southbank
Date: Sunday 28 November 2021, 5:00 pm to 7:45 pm
PlatypusWatch Workshop & Community Talk Canungra
In this free workshop, platypus ecologist Tamielle Brunt will explain how PlatypusWatch is using revolutionary eDNA technology to sample waterways that were impacted by fire. You’ll also learn how the presence or absence of waterbugs can help us understand the health of aquatic waterways, as you’ll all be heading down to Canungra Creek after the talk to search for these little critters.
School of Arts Hall, 3–7 Pine St, Canungra.
Date: Sunday 28 November 2021, 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Birding Through the Ages with Queensland Museum
Join the Queensland Museum and the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist in celebrating the origins of bird watching in Australia. Professor Hugh Possingham and a panel of experts will take attendees on an historical look at Queensland’s amazing birdlife and showcase how they’ve been documented. See rare books from the Queensland Museum Library and learn and how their insights are still so relevant and informative now.
Queensland Museum, Southbank
Date: Sunday 28 November 2021
Science in the Pub
Join AMSA and guest speaker Professor Justin Marshall for some science in the pub and a presentation on ‘Photographing the invisible. UV, fluorescence and polarisation: when to get excited and not too excited’. Also hear from expert Photograph and Art Competition judges with tips on integrating imagery into science communication!
All welcome (free for members, $10 for student non-members and $20 for professional non-members). Drinks and nibbles provided!
Ship Inn, Sidon Street, South Brisbane, QLD 4101
Date: Wednesday 1 December 2021, 6 pm to 10 pm
Earth Repair Gardening Workshop
A workshop with consultant gardener and author Kate Wall that will help you make a difference to the earth via your own patch.In this workshop, Kate will be talking about water in the garden will include loads of information around soil and how to repair it. She will look at a variety of issues such as fertiliser run-off. Extra timely with predictions for a wet season! Kate is inviting participants to bring a jar of soil, and we’ll be investigating it up close! She’ll give you some great advice for how you can repair the earth.
Bulimba Creek Catchment Committee, Cnr Wright St & 1358 Old Cleveland Road, Carindale, QLD 4152
Date: Thurs 2 December 2021, 4 pm to 6 pm
Sea Turtles & Plastic Debris: Swimming in a Plastic Ocean
Come and listen to one of the world’s experts on the impacts of marine debris on sea turtles and sea birds, Dr Kathy Townsend, senior lecturer from the University of the Sunshine Coast. She will guide you through over 15 years of research on the topic, starting from asking the simple question “is plastic pollution actually a problem for sea turtles?” through to how her work resulted in legislative change, not only in Australia but also overseas.
Hervey Bay Library, 161 Old Maryborough Road, Hervey Bay
Date: Fri 3 December 2021, 1:00 pm
Indigiscapes Eco Market
Join the Indigiscapes team and Wildlife Queensland’s Bayside Branch in the beautiful native Redlands Botanic Gardens to enjoy sustainable market stalls, native plants, upcycled fashion, music, fresh produce, food vans, family activities and outdoor play.
Location: IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba
Date: Saturday 4 December 2021
Keep Chalumbin Wild Community Day
Rainforest Reserves Australia is hosting a Community Information Session about the potential ecological impacts of the proposed Chalumbin Wind Farm, Ravenshoe, featuring Guest Speakers:
Dr Tim Nevard, Adjunct Professor at Cairns Institute, James Cook University, and Maree Treadwell Kerr, President Bats and Trees Society of Cairns. Chalumbin is a vast and remote region of wilderness located on the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland. It sits between Tully Gorge National Park and Koombooloomba National Park and its remote location ensures native animals and plants are protected from much human interference. A 78000 acre parcel of land is slated by an energy company to become a wind farm. 95 wind turbines are planned to be installed on this unique habitat – the habitat destruction and impact upon protected species may be devastating. It’s not too late to protect Chalumbin. It has been declared a Controlled Action by the Federal Environment Minister and the public will have a chance to comment on the wind farm proposal. We want to spread the word and make sure people are informed. Everybody is welcome. Please come along and enjoy some complimentary tasty lunch and refreshments too.
Ravenshoe Town Hall, Grigg st, Ravenshoe, QLD 4888
Date: Saturday 4 December 2021, 11 am
BrisScience: Agriculture meets AI – using tech to feed the world
Artificial intelligence and the data sciences are enabling ‘Agriculture 4.0’. In 2020, agrifood tech startups raised more than $30 billion in investment. Many of these innovations are deployed in agriculture research, supporting new sustainable solutions that keep us fed. This month at BrisScience, Professor Scott Chapman will discuss the digital and predictive agriculture technologies that are studied at UQ.
State Library of Queensland, The Edge, South Bank, QLD 410
Date: Mon 6 December 2021, 6:30 pm
Christmas Batty Boat Cruise
Get festive with Wildlife Queensland on a Brisbane River Batty Boat cruise for Christmas! Watch the bats fly out over the Brisbane River at sunset, interact with adorable orphaned baby bats on board, and listen to live commentary about Brisbane’s flying fox
species and other amazing wildlife. Cost: Adults: $37; Conc: $29; Child: $19; Family (4): $100; Family (5): $115
Location: Cultural Centre Pontoon, Cultural Centre Boardwalk, South Brisbane QLD 4101 (50m upstream from the Victoria Bridge)
Date: Sunday 19 December 2021
Wildlife Queensland Bayside Branch
Monthly talks by Wildlife Queensland Bayside Branch
Free event. All are welcome to attend the free monthly environmental talks presented by Wildlife Queensland’s Bayside Branch.
Redland Multi Sports Club, Cnr Bailey and Randall Rd, Birkdale, QLD 4159
Date: Monthly (refer to Facebook page for dates) on Fridays @ 7:o0pm
Wildlife Queensland Brisbane Branch
Monthly talks by Wildlife Queensland Brisbane Branch
Free event. All are welcome to attend the free monthly environmental talks presented by Wildlife Queensland’s Brisbane Branch on the fourth Tuesday of most months.
Albion Peace Hall, 102 McDonald Road, Windsor, Qld
Date: Monthly (refer to Facebook page for dates) @ 7:30pm
Wildlife Queensland Fraser Coast Branch
Monthly Nature Walks by Wildlife Queensland Fraser Coast Branch
Participation in the walks is free for members of Wildlife Queensland Fraser Coast. Non-members will be asked to make a $5 donation per walk. Most walks are on the first weekend of the month.
Nature in the Library Talks by Wildlife Queensland Fraser Coast Branch
Free event. A fabulous line-up of wildlife talks. Everyone welcome.
Location and date:
- 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm, third Friday of the month at Hervey Bay library
- 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm, fourth Friday of the month at Maryborough Library
Wildlife Queensland Sunshine Coast Branch
Faunawatch Regular Survey and walks – Wildlife Queensland Sunshine Coast Branch
is a community-based program run by Wildlife Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Branch.
Location and Date:
- Faunawatch regular survey – Maroochy Botanical Gardens
- Fourth Monday walks – various locations
Refer to the Faunawatch webpage for specific dates and locations.