‘Storm Boy’ has grown up to be Michael Kingley, a successful retired businessman and grandfather. When Kingley starts to see images from his past that he can’t explain, he is forced to remember his long-forgotten childhood, growing up on an isolated coastline with his father. He recounts to his grand-daughter the story of how, as a boy, he rescued and raised an extraordinary orphaned pelican, Mr Percival. Their remarkable adventures and very special bond has a profound effect on all their lives.
This session is a fundraiser for the Friends of Kings Park. Your support will help us protect and celebrate our beautiful resource.
Gates open at 6pm. Screenings start at sundown (approximately 8pm from December to February, 7pm in March)
It’s a good idea to arrive early to ensure a great spot on the lawn. Give yourself time to relax and enjoy a picnic or the delicious onsite catering before the film.
On a less than glorious Sunday afternoon Dr Terry Houston and Andy Young held a capacity audience spellbound with their insights into Native Bees and Boronia Moths.
Dr Houston introduced us to the incredibly diverse world of native bees. There are 1,546 validly named and described Australian native bee species. Of these, 80 are found in Perth including the Blue Banded bee, the Leafcutter bee and a very newly discovered species that he described as ‘wacky’.
He explained the differences between European Honey bees and native bees, then went on to say that natives bees aren’t easily identified, as several photos illustrated. Many are wasp like in appearance and, just to complicate things, some wasps look like bees. He also talked about burrowing bees, Cuckoo bees and resin bees. For those keen to learn more, his forthcoming book ‘A Guide to Native Bees of Australia’ is due for release in August.
Andy Young is a member of a project team studying Heliozedae moths, a family of primitive moths. South West WA is a hotspot for these often lovely micro moths and Andy’s team has been researching their association with plants. He explained the obligate mutualism between these moths and Boronia megastigma, where the plant is the sole larval food for the moth, and the moth is the sole pollinator for the plant. He then showed us how this this rare and remarkable process takes place.
And if two fascinating talks weren’t enough, we were also treated to a lovely afternoon tea.