Tasmanian Field Naturalists Club Inc.
What's coming up?
Easter Camp - Advance Notice, 14-16 April
Possibly there will be no separate excursion for April as there will be an Easter Camp.
Easter Camp will be at Ben Lomond, staying in Ski Lodge accommodation (separate rooms not bunkhouse). More...
There will be an excursion each weekend after the monthly meeting, either on Saturday or Sunday, venue to be announced at the meeting and here.
A Christmas picnic/BBQ is held on a day following the December meeting.
WHO ARE WE?
Sometimes known as the Tas Field-Nats, we are comprised of both amateurs and professionals who share a common interest in the natural world. Experts in a particular topic not only pass on their knowledge to others, but find themselves learning about related aspects of their particular interest. The only requirement of members is an active interest in the natural world. The club was formed in 1904, and we are associated with other Field Naturalist Clubs throughout Tasmania and beyond.
WHAT WE AIM TO DO
We encourage the study of all aspects of natural history and advocate the conservation of our natural heritage. Our journal, The Tasmanian Naturalist, is issued annually and our quarterly information Bulletin covers forthcoming activities.
HOW DO WE MEET?
Our monthly meetings usually include a guest speaker who provides an illustrated talk on a topic of their expertise or particular interest. Question-time usually follows, and the line of inquiry usually extends to the excursion on the following Saturday or Sunday at a site relevant to the topic of the previous talk. Also at our monthly meetings, members' observations of significant sightings are raised and discussed. A report of the previous excursions is also provided. Annually a Members' night is held on which members are encouraged to participate in 'show-and-tell' or to give short Powerpoint presentations. An annual excursion to an area of the state of particular natural-history interest, held over a full weekend, allows more extensive and varied activities.
We meet on the first Thursday of each month (except January) at 7.15pm in the Life Sciences building at the University of Tasmania. Excursions on the following Saturday or Sunday depart from outside the Museum entrance in Macquarie St, Hobart at 9 am, unless otherwise arranged.