Environment & Science

This course is designed specifically for those with little or no knowledge in this area, just a desire to travel on an exploration of the universe, its galaxies, planets, moons, stars, constellations and more. The course is held at the tutor's home. Friday
This 4 week course aims to increase members' appreciation of birding. Participants will start with a short theory session before heading out to walk along the back of the playing fields around U3A at Bribie island. In the following 3 weeks members will visit Buckley's Hole, and White Patch and in the final week Kakadu bird hide for wader watching. Participants will have a pair of binoculars, walking shoes and everything that is needed for a 1.5 to 2 hour walk ( e.g. water, sun screen etc) Friday
The word “Bon-sai” (often misspelled as bonzai or banzai) is a Japanese term which, literally translated, means “planted in a container”. This art form is derived from an ancient Chinese horticultural practice, part of which was then redeveloped under the influence of Japanese Zen Buddhism. It has been around for well over a thousand years. The ultimate goal of growing a Bonsai is to create a miniaturized but realistic representation of nature in the form of a tree. Bonsai are not genetically dwarfed plants, in fact, any tree species can be used to grow one. The course is held at the tutor's home and the mere nature of the craft requires along term commitment to achieve results. Tuesday
This course will appeal to those wanting to know more about Bribie’s natural environment-its flora and fauna; the threats to our environment; who is caring for it; and where to learn more about it. We will also explore how each of us can play a part in helping preserve and protect this special part of the world. Each term we cover new and different aspects of Bribie's environment. Participants, old and new, will find something new each term and will be encouraged to share their experiences and concerns as well as make suggestions for additional topics for discussion. Thursday
This 6 week course is based on the publication "Guide to genetic testing and genetic genealogy" by Baline Bettinger. It will include investigation of genetic genealogy basics and common misconceptions. This course is heavily weighted towards genealogy, with little emphasis placed on the scientific aspects of DNA or genetic engineering Thursday
Life is the most precious thing in the universe, but what is it? In the midst of the sixth mass extinction event since the Cambrian explosion, we all need to understand life. Come along and be part of a group who want to refresh what was learned at school and take the opportunity to explore what modern science has revealed. Monday

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