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ORM Talks: The importance of bees in our ecosystem with Dr Megan Halcroft

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Light refreshments provided from 5.30pm, with Megan’s presentation starting at 6pm.

This image-rich presentation explains how native bees have evolved alongside native plants, and why they are the most effective pollinators within our natural ecosystems. You will be introduced to just a few of the 2,000 species of Australian native bee. Experience the beauty of our usually-overlooked insect pollinators through the eyes of some of Australia’s most passionate nature photographers. Learn how you can help our busy bees drive biodiversity.

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Megan Halcroft (PhD) is a conservationist who specialises in native bees. She has harnessed her passion for bees to communicate their importance in ecosystem biodiversity. Megan works with community, Landcare and gardening groups to increase their understanding of native bees and other beneficial insects. She also communicating with rural communities and farmers to help them appreciate how beneficial insect pollinators can improve farm biodiversity and productivity.

Megan’s brand new book will be for sale on the evening: “Bees and other beneficial insects: a pocket-book guide”. Designed to fit in your pocket, this field guide is a simple booklet for people with minimal or basic knowledge of native bees and other beneficial insects. (No cash sales)

Australia is home to over 2,000 species of native bee and Section 1 explains a few of the characteristics that will help you identify some of our more commonly encountered native bees, found throughout Australia. It helps users ID bees to genus and gives some examples of species within these genera. Section 2 highlights a few familiar garden insects and explains what beneficial ecosystem services they provide in your garden. The easy-to-read explanations are accompanied by over 100 beautiful images, demonstrating that “a picture paints a thousand words”.

For more information about Megan or her brand new book visit 

Spaces are limited. If you cannot attend please cancel via Eventbrite, so that your spot can be offered to those on the waitlist.

If you have any questions about this event – contact us via email at or phone us on 02 6393 8444.

Festival of Small Halls – Bloomfield Hall, Orange

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Festival of Small Halls have announced that feel-good ukulele strummer and drummer Bobby Alu and two-piece indie pop-rock band This Way North will feature on their upcoming Autumn Tour 2021: New South Wales, kicking off on 7 April and concluding on 2 May 2021.

With a dedication to getting off the beaten track, the not-for-profit music tour celebrates the time-old tradition of gathering in the local small hall for a special night of live music, storytelling and community connection.

Presented by veteran festival producers Woodfordia Inc, twenty halls of all shapes and sizes will throw open their doors, from the rolling green hills of the Mid North hinterlands, to the dry bush of the Central West, from goldrush country to the fertile Southern Tablelands; from the golden sands of the south east coast, to the majesty of the Snowys.

Festival of Small Halls rolls into Orange on Sunday 25 April.

Foodies Tour of ‘Inherit: old and new histories’ at Orange Regional Museum

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Floor talk and tour of ‘Inherit: old and new histories’ with a focus on the food and beverage history of the Central West.

Join us on a special after-hours, guided tour of our local history exhibition ‘Inherit: old and new histories’, focusing on objects that speak to the food and agricultural history of the Central West. Discover food stories from across the Orange region, from an ancient grinding stone to migrant traditions and local industry and agriculture. This floor talk with Orange Regional Museum’s manager, Dr Mary-Liz Andrews, will captivate and educate those hoping to explore our rich edible heritage.

Thurs 15 April & Fri 16 April 2021

4pm – 5pm

FREE event, ticket numbers are limited and bookings are essential.

Image: Glazed ceramic ginger jars, c1900s, Loan courtesy of Ophir Bill, Photograph by Orange Regional Museum

Great Southern Bio Blitz Orange 2020

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How many wild animals and plants live in our area?

Are there any threatened species?

School holiday activities: Help scientists by documenting the wildlife in the Orange City Council area from the 25 – 28 September 2020.
The aim is that over the 4-day period everyone tries to gather as much biodiversity data as possible in the Orange Council area using the Inaturalist App.
It is a simple to use and freely available app for any smart phone, desktop or tablet that allows you to take images and record GPS coordinates and notes on any species you find, it will also help to accurately document the species.
Gather your friends, family and visitors and get out into our beautiful natural environment and document all the biodiversity you can find!
Click here to download the app

Due to inclement weather forecast for Saturday, the two Walk and Talk events planned for Saturday have been cancelled.

Click here to see a top 10 list of species to look out for 

Click here for maps of walking tracks

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