Grants – Australian Lepidoptera Research Endowment

ALRE Call for grant applications 2020 –

We are pleased to announce grants of up to $4500 from the Perpetual Foundation – Australian Lepidoptera Research Endowment (ALRE) for the financial year July 2020 to 2021, and are inviting applications.

Eligibility
Any lepidopterist, amateur or professional, working on the Australian fauna, is eligible to apply for any of the activities considered for support listed on the ALRE website:

http://www.australianlepidopteraendowment.com/

To be eligible, grants can only be handled by organisations that hold Australian Taxation Office Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR1) endorsement (covered by Item 1 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997). Further documentation may be requested during the selection process to confirm an organisation’s eligibility.

More information can be found at https://www.australianlepidopteraendowment.com/grants

Application
The application form can be found on the ALRE website and should be submitted by 1 April 2020 by email to Marianne.Horak@csiro.au

Selection Process
The applications will be assessed by the Scientific Advisory Committee and a recommendation with applications to be funded from the ALRE will be made to the trustee in May 2020. Successful applicants will be advised by the trustee by 30 June 2020 and the grant will be disbursed to the eligible beneficiary.

For queries please contact Marianne Horak (Marianne.Horak@csiro.au or Tel. 02-6246 4259)

2020 WA Insect Study Society Photo Competition

The annual WAISS photo competition has been underway for over a month. Entry closes soon!

Members of WAISS are most welcome to enter. If you are not currently a member, you are most welcome to join.

Membership details and forms can be found at https://waiss.org/join/, prizes and rules are outlined below, and if you require further information please feel free to contact the Secretary or Treasurer.

WAISS Photography Competition 2019-2020 Prizes and Rules :

Entries close at midnight on the Wednesday February 5 2020.

The total prize pool will be $350 across four categories, with an additional honorable mention and free year’s membership in each category.

Prizes in adult categories will be $50, $30, and $20 for first, second, and third. Prizes in the junior category will be $25, $15, and $10.

Categories –
Composition/Art
Subject/Scientific Interest
Phone
Junior

Entry is open to WAISS members.

Photographs must be the work of the member submitting them.

Photographs must be of Western Australian invertebrates.

Photographs should be submitted at the largest file size and resolution possible.

Entrants for phone and junior categories should point out their eligibility.

Entrants for the subject category should point out the scientific significance of the subject.

Senior entries will automatically be considered for multiple categories if appropriate, but each photo may only win one prize.

Criteria for judgement may include artistic merit, scientific notability, best portrait, best action shot, etc.

Composite photographs are permitted.

A maximum of three (3) photographs per entrant will be accepted.

Please include details of where each photo was taken, species if known, and label each photo/file with your name.

Please submit photos in .jpg format via email to secretary.waiss@gmail.com by the fifth of February.

DPIRD Biosecurity Blitz

WAISS members and friends have been invited to participate in DPIRD’s annual Biosecurity Blitz, running between 19 Oct and 16 Nov

It’s a fun opportunity to help discover as many interesting or damaging pests (animals, insects, diseases, weeds and aquatic pests) as possible across Western Australia over a month. Your reporting efforts will provide important data and help protect Western Australia’s agri-food industries and the natural environment from harmful exotic pests.

To participate, sign up and use one of the Department’s reporting tools (MyPestGuide, PestFax).

Reports can be viewed online, and an online newsletter is available by subscription. More details here.

New – The Atlas of Butterflies and Diurnal Moths in the Monsoon Tropics of Northern Australia.

Authored by M.F. Braby, D.C. Franklin, D.E Bisa, M.R Williams, A.A.E Williams, C.L. Bishop, R.A.M. Coppen.


Pale Swallowtail, Graphium euryplus, photo by A.S. Kono, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

New from (amongst others) WAISS Members Dr Matthew and Andrew Williams, The Atlas of Butterflies and Diurnal Moths in the Monsoon Tropics of Northern Australia is a beautiful and thoroughly researched new book documenting the distribution, phenology and host plants of the butterflies in this vast region of northern Australia. This region is significant for biodiversity conservation because it supports high levels of species richness and endemism – range-restricted taxa that are not represented elsewhere in Australia. However, current knowledge is based almost entirely on vertebrates and there have been no previous detailed studies examining patterns of biodiversity of invertebrates. Moreover, the region is under increasing pressure for development and exploitation of its natural wealth by the expanding agricultural and mining sectors. Hence, there is an urgent need for a holistic approach to identify its biological assets and inform policy and conservation management agencies. This new book addresses this lack of knowledge for a flagship group of invertebrates, the butterflies and day-flying moths.

Available now in print or free electronic form from ANU Press.

2019 WAISS Photo Competition

The annual WAISS photo competition is already off to a flying start! Entries are flooding in from near and far! The judges are awestruck by artistic beauty, scientific interest, and incredible things that can be done with mobile phones! They are tugging their beards and muttering at each other! Word on the street is that even 16 prizes might not be enough! 🙂

Members of WAISS are most welcome to enter, if you’re not currently a member, membership details and forms can be found at https://waiss.org/join/ , prizes and rules are outlined below, and if you require further information, feel free to contact the President, Secretary, or Treasurer.

WAISS Photography Competition 2018-19 Prizes and Rules :

The total prize pool will be $350, with an additional honorable mention and free year’s membership in each category.

Prizes in adult categories will be $50, $30, and $20 for first, second, and third. Prizes in the junior category will be $25, $15, and $10.

Categories –
Composition/Art
Subject/Scientific Interest
Phone
Junior

Entry is open to WAISS members.

Photographs must be the work of the member submitting them.

Photographs must be of Western Australian insects.

Photographs should be submitted at the largest file size and resolution possible.

Entrants for phone and junior categories should point out their eligibility.

Entrants for the subject category should point out the scientific significance of the subject.

Senior entries will automatically be considered for multiple categories if appropriate, but each photo may only win one prize.

Criteria for judgement may include artistic merit, scientific notability, best portrait, best action shot, etc.

Composite photos are permitted.

A maximum of 3 photographs per entrant will be accepted.

Please submit photos in .jpg format via email to waisspresident@gmail.com by 31 January.

Please include details of where each photo was taken, species if known, and label each photo/file with your name.

Updating Constitution

Special Resolution at August 2018 AGM

To comply with the requirements of the new Associations Incorporation Act 2015, there were 19 items that need to be included in the rules (constitution) of all associations. The deadline for incorporated associations and clubs to update the rules to meet the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 requirements is 30 June 2019. To help incorporated associations with this task, a set of model rules was developed (https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/publications/model-rules-associations-2016).

The WAISS Committee has drafted a revised constitution that largely adopted the model rules, with consideration given to the current constitution and needs of the Society. Amendments to the model rules include the classes of membership, membership applications, office holders, nomination of committee members, notice of general meetings, and quorums. Due to the length of the draft constitution (32 pages), copies of the current and draft constitution will be emailed to all members who have provided WAISS with an email address, or may be downloaded here:

Download Proposed updated constitution

At the AGM in August 2018, attending members will be asked to pass a Special Resolution to ratify the new constitution. We respectfully request that members review the draft constitution ahead of the AGM, so it may be voted on in a timely fashion. Please contact Kylie (treasurer.waiss@gmail.com) should you have any queries.

For comparison, a copy of our current constitution can be downloaded here.

We hope you can join us at the AGM on Wednesday 8th of August, 7:30pm at the Kings Park Administration building.