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August 2009 Issue
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Where have the birds gone?
Why replacing our native habitat is vital to saving species from extinction

The Mt Lofty Ranges is not the haven for wildlife you might assume it to be. In contrast to Adelaide's leafy image, less than 10% of our original native vegetation remains.

In fact, the Mt Lofty region is listed as one of Australia's 10 "Biodiversity Hotspots". Around half of the area's native bird species now face regional extinction.

Massive re-establishment of natural woodland habitats is desperately needed - and fast - if we're to save these species. That, of course, requires a clear plan, world-class research and significant ongoing funding.

Associate Professor David Paton will explain how our precious species could be saved from extinction, and what it would take to get it right.

David C. Paton AM is currently Head of the Discipline of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Adelaide. He was a recipient of the Premier's Science Award for Excellence in 2006 and was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to conservation, education and the environment in 2008.

WHEN: 5.30pm-6.30pm Tuesday 11 August
WHERE: Lecture Room G04 (Ground Floor), Napier Building, North Terrace Campus

phone: +61 8 8303 3692


Barr Smith Library - Annual Book Sale

Pre-loved books on a broad range of subjects.

When: 9.00am-5.00pm Monday 3 August and Tuesday 4 August
Where: Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith Library, North Terrace Campus
Cost: Most books sold for just $2
Contact: Margaret Hosking, Book Resources Librarian, email:, or phone +61 8 8303 5285

School of Agriculture, Food & Wine Seminar Series: The Harold Woolhouse Lecture 2009

Evolution of patterning genes in land plants by Professor John Bowman (ARC Federation Fellow, Monash University/University of California Davis).

When: 4.00pm Monday 3 August
Where: Plant Research Centre Auditorium, Waite Campus
Cost: Free - all welcome

Fridays Uncorked '09

When: 4.30pm Friday 7 August and Friday 21 August
Where: National Wine Centre of Australia, corner of Hackney and Botanic Roads, Adelaide
Cost: free entry including cocktail food. Wine from $4.50 per glass.

Theatre Guild: Richard II by William Shakespeare

When: 7.30pm Saturday 8 August, Tuesday to Saturday 11-15 and Tuesday to Saturday 18-22 August
Where: Little Theatre, North Terrace Campus
Cost: $25 full, $20 concession; $15 current University of Adelaide staff & students on Tuesday performances (see website for further details)
Bookings: Call the Theatre Guild on +61 8 8303 5999 or visit the website

Music: Masterclass series

Masterclass 3: New York jazz maestro Ray Vega.

When: 1.00pm-3.00pm Wednesday 12 August
Where: Elder Hall, North Terrace Campus
Cost: $10
Contact: Claire Oremland +61 8 8303 5925

School of Architecture 2009 Speaker Series

Guest speaker: Melbourne-based, internationally renowned artist Callum Morton.

When: 6.00pm Wednesday 12 August
Where: Flentje Lecture Theatre, North Terrace Campus
Cost: Free - all welcome

National Science Week (15-23 August)

Australia's largest national festival. Events include:

Science Alive! - a free community event
Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 August, Wayville Showgrounds

The Physics of Star Trek with renowned physicist Lawrence Krauss
7.00pm Friday 21 August, University of Adelaide

Curious Science - find out what the young minds of science are thinking
11.00am, 11.30am, 1.00pm and 1.30pm Sunday 23 August, SA Museum

Music: Evenings at Elder Hall

Porgy And Bess - Ray Vega with the Elder Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra

When: 6.30pm Saturday 15 August
Where: Elder Hall, North Terrace Campus
Cost: $25 adult, $20 concession, $15 student
Contact: For more information call the Concert Office on +61 8 8303 5925.

Classical Association SA Public Lecture Series: Inaugural Henry Darnley Naylor Memorial Lecture

Censorship: Ovid and free speech in Augustine's Rome by Peter Davies (Emeritus Associate Professor, University of Tasmania, Visiting Research Fellow, University of Adelaide)

When: 8.00pm Monday 24 August
Where: Council Room, Level 7, Hughes Building
Cost: Free

Exhibition: 50 Years of Design Teaching

A special exhibition by the University's School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture & Urban Design.

When: 9.00am-5.00pm Thursday 27 August to Tuesday 2 September
Where: Function Room 1 & 2, Art Gallery of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide
Cost: Free - all welcome

Friends of the University of Adelaide Library

Author David Malouf on A Body of Work - the making of it. Malouf will consider his new book Ransom with reference to the development of his work as a whole.

When: 6.00pm for 6.30pm Thursday 27 August
Where: Union Hall, North Terrace Campus
Cost: Free - all welcome. Gold coin donation invited.
Contact: by Tuesday 25 August on + 61 8 8303 4064 or

Scott Theatre matinee - a play of Socrates

The Discipline of Classics at the University of Adelaide has sponsored the staging of a play about Socrates, as seen through the eyes of the Polish playwright Jerzy Zawieywski (1902-1969).

When: 2.00pm Sunday 30 August
Where: Scott Theatre, North Terrace Campus
Cost: $15
Bookings: call Anna on +61 8 7225 2627 or 0412 637 261

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The Restless Flycatcher is among the bird species currently under threat in the Mt Lofty region
Photo by Lynn Pedler

The Restless Flycatcher is among the bird species currently under threat in the Mt Lofty region
Photo by Lynn Pedler

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