FRIENDS OF MGA MORNING COFFEE TALK
Native Orchids: Their beauty and conservation with Noushka Reita
19 August 2019
Many of our native orchids are at risk of extinction. Alarmingly, 17% of all nationally threatened plants in Australia are orchids - more than any other plant family. The causes of these declines include: historic land clearing, introduced weeds, grazing by introduced animals and illegal poaching. Due to reduced numbers, many species are now vulnerable to inbreeding depression, climate change and inappropriate fire regimes. Without our help, many of these species won't be around for future generations to enjoy. Orchid Conservation In 2014, the Australian Network for Plant Conservation's (ANPC) Orchid Conservation Program joined with Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria under a partnership. The resulting program is now the largest of its type in the world. With their partner organisations they have undertaken over 50 reintroductions of over 20 species of endangered native orchids across Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.
Noushka Reiter manages the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Orchid Conservation Program. She works closely with community groups in both the Orchid Conservation Program and in the field to achieve tangible positive outcomes for threatened orchids. Noushka will share the story of the native orchids using photographs that highlight their beauty.
10:00am Morning Coffee
10:45am Talk begins
860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill. VIC
Friends of MGA $10 | $5talk only
Non-members $12| $6talk only
T: 03 8544 0500
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