Past Events

BioBlitz - Leaf Litter

Saturday 12th of July 2014, 12:00 PM (4 years ago)

Contact: Dunedin City Council (DCC) | dcc@dcc.govt.nz | (03) 477 4000

Fine day: Leaf litter in the Botanic Garden will be put through a hand-held sieve onto a tray and the invertebrates will be identified using hand-held trays. Rainy day: A demonstration on sieving leaf litter for invertebrates will be quickly presented. Then, using microscopes set up on tables in the Botanic Garden Information Centre near the Winter Garden, some of the sieved insects, mites, pseudoscorpions and minute wingless wasps will be viewed under binocular microscopes and identified using books and keys. People will help themselves to the bag and look at the litter inhabitants in a Petri dish under a microscope. Free, bookings essential.

BioBlitz - Lichen walk

Saturday 12th of July 2014, 12:00 PM (4 years ago)

Contact: Dunedin City Council (DCC) | dcc@dcc.govt.nz | (03) 477 4000

This guided walk will reveal some of New Zealand's exceptionally rich lichen flora. Explore the Botanic Garden and Lovelock Bush to discover the diverse growth forms and habitats of these amazing symbiotic organisms. Free, bookings essential. Led by David Galloway

BioBlitz - Funky Fungi

Saturday 12th of July 2014, 11:00 AM (4 years ago)

Contact: Dunedin City Council (DCC) | dcc@dcc.govt.nz | (03) 477 4000

Fungi are nutrient recyclers and they are everywhere—in soil, on plants, on our skin and even in many foods and drinks we consume. Many fungi are plant decomposers and many others help plants to grow, so fungi connect much of life on Earth. The Dunedin Botanic Garden is rich in fungal diversity: we will search the gardens for fungi and discover how important they are for a healthy environment. Bring a camera. Free, bookings essential. Led by David Orlovich.

Call for volunteers for the BioBlitz at the Dunedin Botanic Garden

Saturday 12th of July 2014, 10:00 AM (4 years ago)

Contact: Tom Myers | tmyers@dcc.govt.nz | (03) 473 8176

Come and join us build a wild plant species inventory in New Zealand's first botanic garden. We are looking for experts, amateurs and beginners to help find, identify and map as many wild plant species as possible. With your help we have the opportunity to extend scientific and public knowledge of diversity in the Botanic Garden. The BioBlitz is a wonderful opportunity to share your knowledge or learn more.

BioBlitz - Birds New Zealand

Saturday 12th of July 2014, 10:00 AM (4 years ago)

Contact: Dunedin City Council (DCC) | dcc@dcc.govt.nz | (03) 477 4000

How many different kinds of birds can we see, hear and identify? Accompany ornithologists from Birds New Zealand to several parts of the garden to find the birds that live there. Hear life stories of some of the birds. Learn the differences between native and introduced birds. Please bring binoculars if you have them. Free, bookings essential.

BioBlitz - Flora Finder Demonstration

Saturday 12th of July 2014, 10:00 AM (4 years ago)

Contact: Dunedin City Council (DCC) | dcc@dcc.govt.nz | (03) 477 4000

See how to instantly identify New Zealand native plants using the camera on your smart device. Flora Finder is an electronic field guide to help you identify some of the most common New Zealand native plants from photographs of their leaves. Throughout the day. Free admission—no bookings necessary.

BioBlitz - Love Nature at Lovelock Bush

Saturday 12th of July 2014, 10:00 AM (4 years ago)

Contact: Dunedin City Council (DCC) | dcc@dcc.govt.nz | (03) 477 4000

Join a team of experts from Orokonui Ecosanctuary and Landcare Research to systematically survey life in Lovelock Bush! Learn how to detect, collect and identify native plants and assess bush vitality; introduced pests from bite marks, footprints and poo; birds from calls, flight styles and nests; invertebrates in the leaf litter, soil and beyond! Take home skills to make your backyard a beautiful sanctuary. Free, no bookings necessary.

Larapinta Trail, Central Australia

Wednesday 9th of July 2014, 05:20 PM (4 years ago)

Contact: David Lyttle | djl1yttle@gmail.com | (03) 454 5470

Last winter John and Marilyn Barkla walked the 230 km Larapinta Trail in the desert of Central Australia. It was a place of stunning landscapes, botanical surprises, scarce water and strange encounters with dingoes and scorpions. Come and hear how the journey unfolded and help John put names to the many unfamiliar plants they found. At the Zoology Benham Building, 346 Great King Street, behind the Zoology car park by the Captain Cook Hotel. Use the main entrance of the Benham Building to get in and go to the Benham Seminar Room, Rm. 215, 2nd floor. Please be prompt as we have to hold the door open.

2014 Botany Student Colloquium

Friday 4th of July 2014, 09:30 AM (4 years ago)

Contact: Jaz Morris | jaz.morris@otago.ac.nz

The Botany students have invited BSO members to come and hear them talk about their research at this all day colloquium. BSO is donating a prize for the best speaker. In the PE seminar room, Department of Physical Education, Union St.

Fabulous Fungi from Golden Bay

Wednesday 11th of June 2014, 05:20 PM (5 years ago)

Contact: David Lyttle | djl1yttle@gmail.com | (03) 454 5470

Dr David Orlovich, Botany Department University of Otago will be talking about the 2014 Fungal Foray to be held in May at Pohara, Golden Bay. The annual Fungal Foray always produces some interesting finds and the photos alone make attending this talk worthwhile. At the Zoology Benham Building, 346 Great King Street, behind the Zoology car park by the Captain Cook Hotel. Use the main entrance of the Benham Building to get in and go to the Benham Seminar Room, Rm. 215, 2nd floor. Please be prompt as we have to hold the door open.

Field Trip to Tavora Reserve

Saturday 7th of June 2014, 09:00 AM (5 years ago)

Contact: Bastow Wilson | bastow@otago.ac.nz | (03) 479 7572

We'll look at the sand dune of the Tavora Reserve. This was marram-dominated, but the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust have been planting pikao and other native dune species, which has worked quite well. We'll look at the podocarp / broadleaved forest of Goodwood Scenic Reserve, one of the very best remaining remnants of coastal forest in East Otago. The Trust have also been doing restoration planting along the stream that leads to the dunes, and along a corridor from Goodwood reserve to the sea. Leave 9 am from the Botany Department car park, return mid-late afternoon. Rain date Sunday at 12 noon. Leader Bastow Wilson, (03) 472 8999 or 021 144 8228

Field Trip to Split Rock

Saturday 24th of May 2014, 09:30 AM (5 years ago)

Contact: Maia Mistral | (03) 465 8299

Split Rock is a basalt outcrop on private land to the north-east of Seacliff. It is surrounded by a highly modified podocarp/broadleaf forest remnant that supports Asplenuim hookerianum, Acaena juvenca and Pterostylis spp. in the understory. The lichen florule is interesting in that a number of predominately corticolous (bark-living) species form saxicolous (rock-living) communities. The view from the top of the outcrop across the greater Blueskin Bay towards Matakaea/Shag Point is impressive on a clear day. Wet weather plan is to visit the Truby King Reserve, in the former grounds of Seacliff Hospital. Meet 9.30 am at the Botany Department car park, 464 Great King St. to car pool, or 10 am on the corner of Coast and Russell Roads (on the scenic coastal route from Warrington to Karitane). Return early afternoon. Leader Maia Mistral, (03) 465 8299 evenings—or leave a message.

Botanical Show and Tell

Wednesday 21st of May 2014, 05:20 PM (5 years ago)

Contact: David Lyttle | djl1yttle@gmail.com | (03) 454 5470

This is your night to bring along items of botanical interest to the monthly meeting and talk about them. Items might include short slide shows, books, photographs, plants, or any plant-related object that has a story attached. Poems and songs welcome too. We'll also have a sale table for plants or other items you'd like to donate to the Society for sale to members. At the Zoology Benham Building, 346 Great King Street, behind the Zoology car park by the Captain Cook Hotel. Use the main entrance of the Benham Building to get in and go to the Benham Seminar Room, Rm. 215, 2nd floor. Please be prompt as we have to hold the door open.

Field trip to Gard Road Reserve, Waitaki Valley

Saturday 12th of April 2014, 08:00 AM (5 years ago)

Contact: John Barkla | jbarkla@doc.govt.nz.nz | (03) 476 3686

Come and see one of our newest conservation reserves at Gard Road in the Waitaki Valley. This limestone escarpment is full of botanical treasures including rarities like Carmichaelia hollowayi, Lepidium sisymbrioides, Raoulia monroi and Muehlenbeckia ephedroides. There are also wonderful fossils to discover—all with a backdrop of the St Marys Range. Much work has already been done to remove boxthorn that threatens the cliffs and special plant habitats. We may assist with this and other conservation-related tasks. Meet 8 am at Botany Department car park, 464 Great King Street. Return 6 pm.

BSO AGM and Photographic Competition

Wednesday 9th of April 2014, 05:20 PM (5 years ago)

Contact: David Lyttle | djl1yttle@gmail.com | (03) 454 5470

A popular and eagerly anticipated event for anyone interested in Botanical photography. Learn what makes a good photograph and how to improve your photographic skills from our panel of expert judges. The best photographs will be chosen for the BSO Calendar so this is you opportunity to have one month of fame. Start organising your entries now and don't wait until the last minute. At the Zoology Benham Building, 346 Great King Street, behind the Zoology car park by the Captain Cook Hotel. Use the main entrance of the Benham Building to get in and go to the Benham Seminar Room, Rm. 215, 2nd floor. Please be prompt as we have to hold the door open.