August 2015 newsletter

Greetings All,


I hope you are all surviving the cold wet weather that Winter has brought. Kerry and I have just come back from the Arctic and I reckon the coldest day we experienced was Adelaide on the day we returned!


The main purpose of this newsletter is to supply the latest details on the program surrounding the AGM on KI. If it also prompts some more payments of the $100 annual payment it will save me a lot of phone calls.


The Program:

Tues    Several members arrive to camp and a bush loo will be set up.

Wed    Nothing organized but I know that John Smyth and Marg Brown (and cakes) will arrive.

Thurs  Visit the bush property of Dr Richard Glatz and Janine McIntosh at 10am. Dr Glatz will be speaking        at the AGM and they will both hopefully join us for the evening meal.

Fri       Visit The Moth site.

Sat       Walk led by John in the morning

AGM at 1:30pm

Shared evening meal. See below for latest news on this.

Sun      Expecting about 20 visitors, mostly from the Island. They will join us at the camp site at about         10am for cake, cuppa and a chat before breaking into groups for a walk. Please feel free to join them          and fill them in on details of our company and properties.

Mon    Tom Reeves has offered to show anyone interested around his nearby property. We will pool           vehicles and meet at his gate at 11am.

Tues    Most will be going or will have gone home.


Bill Blessing has generously offered to supply and cook steak, his specialty, and sausages for all present at the evening meal on Saturday. The rest of us may like to cook veges, prepare salads or supply desserts. Please choose one to contribute, ie veg. or salad or dessert, and let’s hope we get a good mix. Anyone not into such a meal please bring food of your own choice. There will be several options for cooking.


In the last newsletter I asked people to bring copies of up to 5 interesting photos taken over the past 40 years or any artefacts, historical documents, etc. This is a reminder that we would still like to have these to make up a display.


I have also attached the directions on how to get to the property in case you have lost the last lot.


I have not had any requests for transport to or from the ferry at either end. Please let me know if you need to be picked up or delivered.



This is a reminder that the annual call for $100 is due. If finances are currently a problem please let me know. The Board has the discretion to waive or delay at least part of the call in extenuating circumstances.


Many thanks to those who have already paid.


Election of Directors

Unfortunately, at this stage, no-one has nominated with the express purpose of taking over the secretarial role next year but both Bill Blessing and Janet Pedler have renominated for the 2 positions they vacate.


All the best to everyone, and for those coming to the AGM I hope you have a pleasant crossing.





notes from JS KI 20 October 2014

Hello friends,
I recently camped alone on our Kangaroo Island land for 15 nights and enjoyed some great walks on the sandy tracks and along the coast. The expected visit by the Copenhagen expert on primitive moths unfortunately didn’t eventuate, due to his ill health. He was coming to see the site on our land where local entomologist Richard Glatz discovered the tiny new moth species, soon to be described as a new Family of insect! I met Richard at the site, the Callitris (Native PIne) trees on the Willson River estuary. We didn’t see any of the moths, probably because it was a bit early in the short season of their adult life, but did see a specimen of a new Genus of parasitic wasps also discovered by Richard, for which the larvae of the moths are a host species. These discoveries are scientifically most interesting and it is exciting that they occurred on our land.
Although the Spring rains have been way below average on the Island our mallee scrub is still looking good and the coastal wildflowers are lovely. The Calytrix and Lasiopetalum are in full flower as are the Orthrosanthus (blue morning flag) tussocks. I had kangaroos around my tent many times at dusk, sometimes within 5 metres, and Bush Stone-curlews calling close-by at night. I think they were using the vehicle track through the thick mallee as a “landing site”, there being many large bird tracks each morning in the sand there. The notoriously shy Western Whipbirds were calling close to my camp and I managed to get a short sighting of one. At the coast the pair of Ospreys have moved from their previous nest site at Black Point to breed this year on a low limestone sea-stack close to where our track terminates. The female was on the nest despite the high seas sending showers of spray over her; occasionally she stood to shake herself off. I think they would need to be lucky to raise a brood there!
I saw several goannas and wallabies and just one echidna, a very red-brown one compared to the dark-brown to black Tothills specimens. The dawn chorus of honeyeaters and Golden Whistlers was lovely to hear. I  walked around Black Point on a day of Southerly gales and huge seas crashing on the rocks, such a contrast to the peaceful days and nights in the quiet scrub.
The only whale remains still in evidence at the coast are 10 articulated vertibrae and associated gristle and blubber on the rocks about 200 metres east of where the skull used to be. It was a privilege to be able to spend a couple of weeks in such delightful country.
I have attached some photos for those of  you getting this email version of my letter.    Regards,    John.