Dr Tuszynska will talk about fungi’s vital impact on the environment, and humans, covering areas from transforming pollutants such as pesticides and petrochemicals, to fungi creating soils and nourishing all life forms by munching on rocks and wood, to how universities and companies are actually growing myco-plastics, clothing, furniture and buildings with fungi.
Come along to Gecko Environment Council’s Guest Speaker Night this
month to hear experienced environmental scientist Sam Howard from Wild
Encounters talk to you about his close encounters with both furry and scaly
wildlife who visit our gardens. Animals can be safely captured and returned to
a suitable habitat by a trained expert like Sam, providing the best outcome for
both the beautiful but uninvited animal guest and its reluctant host.
Trees bring different reactions from delight in their beauty to exasperation in their habit of shedding leaves on the driveway. However trees are essential to life on earth and they need our protection and preservation, the more trees we have the healthier is the planet and the human species.Trees are also crucial for their role in removing and storing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Professor Pickering is active in developing technology to promote biodiversity conservation, and will be introducing us to the new GroNATIVE App. It showcases 400 local native plants with images and information about each species and the native wildlife it supports. Users can select from 16 different garden styles and 40 eco-systems naturally adapted to their suburb to provide their garden with year-round excitement, colour and wildlife
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.
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.
Coastal dolphins are keystone indicators of marine environmental health and are highly vulnerable to threats and environmental changes. Despite their charismatic nature, we know relatively little about the dolphins that live along our coastlines.
Since 2010, Dr Elizabeth Hawkins has led research into the populations of dolphins in Moreton Bay and the Gold Coast region. For Gecko’s final Guest Speaker Night of the year Dr Hawkins will introduce you to some of the local dolphins of the region, particularly those of the Pacific bottlenose and Australian humpback species, and explain how you can get involved in the important work she does as a citizen scientist.
Just a Walk in the Park can be an Adventure Speaker: Peter Ogilvie We all get enjoyment from our national parks and recognise the importance of them to our recreational, spiritual, educational and scientific needs. September’s guest speaker Peter Ogilvie will delve into the history and protective philosophy behind Queensland’s beloved national parks and explain how our outstanding protected areas have come to be. He […]
Join us on a sublime photographic journey to the subantarctic Falkland Islands. Cat Davidson, our Guest Speaker for August, spent two years living and working as a tour guide and photographer in this remote archipelago and was immersed in a rudimental, hard-working way of life that is lost to many of us. Living in a community of only six people in idyllic but harsh surroundings meant the residents had to be completely self-reliant, producing their own food, energy and maintaining and managing island services. She says the reward for this kind of lifestyle was a breath-taking show by nature every day.
He believes in the importance of awareness and direct action, and is here tonight to further educate the community about the international operations of Sea Shepherd