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Nature Territory

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Newsletter of the Northern Territory Field Naturalists' Club Inc.


Northern Territory Field Naturalists' Club Inc.


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Newsletter, November 2020

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Nature Territory - November 2020 Page 3 Club Activities October Field Trip - Sunday 15 November, 7.30 am Exploring McMinns Lagoon Club member Vannessa Hearman captured these images during a recent visit to McMinns Lagoon New Committee McMinns Lagoon Reserve is approximately 35 km south east of Darwin. The Reserve covers an area of 41 ha of bushland that protects a perched lagoon fringed with a mix of open woodland through to closed paper-bark forest, and surrounded by grassland. It lies in the southern end of the Howard River Catchment. It is an important recharge area and forms a significant hydrological and ecological link with other wetland and drainage lines connecting Howard River. The area is managed by the McMinns Lagoon Reserve Association which was formed by a dedicated group of local residents in 1987, who work to provide natural habitat in the reserve for a diverse range of wildlife. MLRA aims to set direction, raise awareness and increase community ownership or the Reserve. McMinns Lagoon is leased by Litchfield Council and managed by the Association. The lagoon has an abundant diversity of birdlife and is an important feeding area for many of the Top Ends iconic waterbirds. Come and join us as we explore one of the best birding locations close to Darwin. Where to meet: in the reserves carpark at the end of Dreamtime Drive. What to bring: camera, binoculars, hat, sun protection, water. The Clubs AGM was held on 14 October marking the end of a COVID-19 enforced challenging period for then President Graham Brown and the committee who nevertheless managed to keep the club active during this difficult time. We thank them for their contributions. A new committee for the year 2020 - 2021 was elected. Longtime committee member Mark Grubert was elected President, Mary Fathers continues her role as Treasurer and new member Belinda Norris is the Secretary. The remaining general committee members comprise a mix of continuing appointments plus some new faces. They are Graham Brown, Lyn Lowe, Leona Sullivan, Andrew Bell, Carol Palmer, Etienne Littlefair and Karunika Premaratne.

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