ANGAIR is delighted to learn that Margaret MacDonald OAM has been awarded the prestigious Australian Natural History Medallion for 2015.
The ANHM is awarded each year to the person judged to have made the most meritorious contribution to the understanding of Australian Natural History, and this year award recognises Margaret’s expertise, and her many contributions to the field of Natural History.
She has contributed significantly to the protection of biodiversity in the district, and to the understanding and appreciation of the local flora, particularly of the terrestrial orchids. She has generously shared her knowledge and love of the local flora and fauna with other experts, and with the wider community, including school and university students. In short, Margaret is an inspiring conservationist, and a most worthy recipient of the Medallion.
ANGAIR Committee is very pleased to announce that Alcoa is providing major financial support so that we can build new propagation facilities once we have finalised an appropriate location. Alcoa has also provided funds for the development of Anglesea Heath display boards, and has added two Peregrine Falcons to our fauna display. The total grant amount is $20,000, and is much appreciated.
Anglesea Wildflower and Art Show
We were fortunate to have fine weather for the Anglesea Wildflower and Art Show. The wildflower displays were stunning, as were the flower arrangements. Whilst numbers attending were down slightly on the previous year, we believe that those who did come were highly appreciative of all the displays, tours and other materials and information provided. The Art Show is sponsored jointly by Anglesea and Winchelsea Community Bank and ANGAIR, and a wide range of art works were entered, with five prize categories decided by an independent judge. The quality of the work was high with many of the artworks purchased by visitors.
The weekend relies heavily on much work by a highly skilled band of volunteers, who pull together quite a complicated task in the two days prior to the opening the Show on Saturday. The Committee sincerely thanks all those individuals and organisations that contributed to the success of this year’s Show. Thanks also to the Surf Coast Shire, which supports the Show in many ways, and the members of the Men’s Shed, who, at short notice, made last minute repairs to vital pieces of equipment.
Freesia refracta and Freesia alba X F. leichtlinii are declared weeds in the Surf Coast Shire because they spread easily and threaten to invade bushland. Freesias are perennial herbs that die back in summer and produce new foliage in winter. The highly fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers appearing in spring are white to cream and pink with yellow markings, shaded purple on outer surface. Each plant has at least two corms, one below the other, thus requiring deep digging to remove them.
More details about how to control this weed can be found in the archive of Weeds of the Month.
There are a number of wonderful local Friends Groups that provide ANGAIR members and the community with opportunities for involvement.