22nd March – Ethical Investing: Your Money as a Force for Good

22nd March – Ethical Investing: Your Money as a Force for Good

Gecko Talks March speaker is Adrian Nathaniel, a licensed financial advisor who champions the conscious creation of wealth in this world through values-based, ethical and responsible investment.

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22nd February 2017 – How to train your raptor

22nd February 2017 – How to train your raptor

Australia is home to 24 species of raptor, from the small sparrowhawk to the impressive wedge-tailed eagle. Few people get close enough to appreciate the vast wingspans and powerful talons and beaks of these avian hunters unless they visit a zoo or wildlife centre. This month’s Gecko Talk will offer the public the opportunity to learn more and get close to these magnificent birds.

Paul Mander is one of the rare people to keep company with birds of prey, and we are proud to present him as our first speaker for 2017’s program of Gecko Talks. Paul is a master Falconer and licensed raptor trainer in Queensland. He has worked with raptors for nearly 30 years and has trained many birds for free-flight shows around the country. His collection of birds at his training and rehabilitation centre on the Gold Coast is impressive, including falcons, eagles, kites, buzzards and owls. Here injured birds are taught to ‘free-fly’ to rebuild their strength before being returned to the wild. As falconry is not a sport practiced in Australia, Paul’s skills and birds are in high demand. Soren, his 16-year old wedge-tailed eagle, is an apex predator whose threatening presence has been used to rebalance local wildlife populations in areas where intrusive animals take up residence.

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25th May 2016 – Artificial Tree Hollows for Wildlife

25th May 2016 – Artificial Tree Hollows  for Wildlife

Gecko is proud to introduce Steve Collum and Ash Sandercombe from Habi-Tec as speakers for the May Guest Speaker Night. Gecko extends an invitation to the community to come and learn about how to create lost habitat for our wildlife.

Steve Collum and his skilled team of arborists embrace a holistic approach to tree management, employing techniques that help reintroduce biodiversity to trees and their surrounding areas. Their goal is to highlight the importance of habitat recreation to the public, developers and industries related to arboriculture and horticulture. Habi-Tec is currently working with the City of Gold Coast to promote, manage and create wildlife habitats within the city’s mature tree population, so far with great success.

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24th February 2016 – Wild Bird Rescues Gold Coast

24th February 2016 – Wild Bird Rescues Gold Coast

Speaker: Rowley Goonan Organisation: Wild Bird Rescues Gold Coast The abundant waterways and the popularity of fishing on the Gold Coast mean that entanglements of birds is a common occurrence, and therefore, a huge problem. Wild Bird Rescues specialises in catching ‘flight capable’ birds that have typically become hooked or entangled in fishing line. Catching a flight capable bird presents a unique challenge, and their rescue is often difficult and time […]

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28th October 2015 – Australia – Love Your Birds

28th October 2015 – Australia – Love Your Birds

Australia boasts some of the most beautiful and peculiar birds on earth. Despite this, our rates of participation in bird related pastimes lags far behind the United Kingdom and United States. BirdLife Southern Queensland aims to change this, with a rich program of birdwatching, photography and surveying activities on offer here on the Gold Coast. Come and discover what’s happening in your local area! Rochelle […]

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26th August 2015 – Intrepid Landcare – Juliet Saltmarsh

26th August 2015 – Intrepid Landcare – Juliet Saltmarsh

Juliet is a young change-maker who has been a keen volunteer in the Landcare movement for several years. In 2015, she expanded her call to duty and co-founded Gold Coast Intrepid Landcare to inspire and connect youth to Landcare and the many opportunities available for her generation to create the change they want to see, and be the change-makers they dream to be. She is […]

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25th February 2015 – Climate Reality Gold Coast

25th February 2015 – Climate Reality Gold Coast

If current trends continue, Australians will start to pay the price of global warming in the things we value most, such as health, food security, lifestyle and biodiversity. Who: Facilitator: Samantha Morris, Blank Gold Coast Ecosystems – Prof. Brendan Mackey, Griffith University Food security – Rob Pekin, Food Connect Finance – Louise Edkins, Ethical Investment Advisers Health – Dr David King – Doctors for the […]

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24th September, 2014 – Protecting Living Dinosaurs – Maggie Muurmans

24th September, 2014 – Protecting Living Dinosaurs – Maggie Muurmans

Award winning conservation biologist Maggie Muurmans explains how these remarkable creatures evolved and tells the secrets of their behaviour, life cycles and migration patterns. She then describes the importance of sea turtles to the health of marine ecosystems and the threats to their survival, both here on the Gold Coast and worldwide. Who: Maggie Muurmans, When: 24th September, 6.30pm for networking meet and greet. Presentation begins […]

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27th August, 2014 – the Kombumerri Saltwater People – Clinton Brewer

27th August, 2014 – the Kombumerri Saltwater People – Clinton Brewer

  Traditional owner Clinton Brewer traces the paths of his ancestors, to explain their relationship with the land, including cultural practices, important celebrations, spiritual beliefs and codes of conduct.  He believes that knowledge of the past can influence how we view the environment and our place within it. By learning how indigenous people lived, we can develop a deeper understanding of how to care for […]

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23rd July 2014 – Happiness of Beaches – Naomi Edwards

23rd July 2014 – Happiness of Beaches – Naomi Edwards

Naomi Edwards explains the ecological and social importance of keeping our dunes and beaches healthy. She describes how she collaborates with others to restore and maintain our precious coastline; and shows how we can all demonstrate our love for the Gold Coast’s beaches through local dune care and clean beach projects. Who: Naomi Edwards, Coastal Community Engagement Officer and Partnerships, Beachcare and CoastEd Coordinator, Griffith […]

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