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The Orange Field Naturalist and Conservation Society Inc. (OFNCS) is a voluntary, not for profit incorporated association. The society aims to 

foster interest in and enjoyment of all aspects of natural history by means of field studies and excursions, informative presentations at monthly meetings and through newsletters and our website. We encourage participation in the conservation of the environment for the benefit of the people of Orange now and into the future through representations to the media and all levels of government on issues of both local and wider significance.

The society welcomes new members of any age and background. No natural history experience needed.

Canobolas Candlebark E. canobolensis
Canobolas Candlebark E. canobolensis

A species which is endemic to Mount Canobolas

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Prasophyllum sp
Prasophyllum sp

Prasophyllum sp. endemic to the Canobolas volcanic complex

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Biodiversity Day
Biodiversity Day

A great day in the Orange Botanic Gardens with members helping the public to understand nature.

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Canobolas Candlebark E. canobolensis
Canobolas Candlebark E. canobolensis

A species which is endemic to Mount Canobolas

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Upcoming Events:

General Meetings: are held on the second Thursday of each month (February to December) at Nguluway Ngurang Senior Citizens Centre (on opposite side of Woolworths carpark to Harris Farm). Meetings begin at 7.30 pm. Visitors are welcome to attend.

 

Upcoming Meeting: 

Thursday, 11th August, 2022 at 7.30 pm by Zoom

Speaker - Terry Mazzer, Senior Threatened Species Officer, DPIE

Topic - Conserving threatened plants in the Central West 

Excursions: to local areas of interest are held on Sunday morning, following the monthly meeting. Meet at Orange High School bus bay for a 9.00 am departure. Bring morning tea.

 

Upcoming Excursion: 

Sunday 14th August - Curumbenya Section, Goobang National Park.

Meet at 9.00 am at Orange High School bus bay. This will be a full day excursion. Bring morning tea and lunch. Wear sturdy footware and long pants. 

 

 

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Pelargonium australe, overlooking Devils

Mount Canobolas recovery after the February, 2018 bushfire 

Planned Meetings, Speakers and Excursions for 2022 

10 Feb. Committee Meeting and AGM, Members' photos from 2021       13 Feb. Mt Canobolas - picnic tea and spotlighting

10 Mar. Ass. Prof. Derek Wyman - Mt Canobolas: Origins, history, ...       13 Mar. Mt Canobolas - exploring volcanic features 

14 Apr. Nigel Hobden - Continental Odyssey: Africa and Return             17 Apr. Exploring Ophir Reserve 

12 May Chris Cargill - Cryptogams (Lichens and Bryophytes)                 20, 21 May Cryptogam Foray on Mt Canobolas

 9 June John Cooper - Nature Photography.                                       12 Jun. Spring Forest (Cowra Survey Site)

14 July Jayden Gunn, Tracee Burke - Woodland Birds on Farm               17 July Birds on Farms monitoring sites

11 Aug. Greg Ingram, Aunty Alice Williams - Wiradjuri Food Plants          14 Aug. Onsite observation of food plants

 8 Sept. Jess Peterie - Purple Copper Butterfly & Strategic Burns.          11 Sept. PC Butterfly location and Wambool NR 

13 Oct. Mel Grey - The Macquarie Marshes                                          16 Oct. Macquarie Marshes

10 Nov. McLean Cobden - Superb Parrot Tracking.                                14 Nov. Evans Crown Reserve

 8 Dec. Planning Meeting                                                                 11 Dec. Christmas Party with ECCO