Please join us on for our next meeting to be held on Sunday 18 February 2024
from 1—3 pm AEST (Qld) / 2—4 PM AEDT (NSW/ Vic)
Hear the guest speaker will Dr Lisa Evans speaking on the topic: Town bee, country bee: how does environmental complexity affect learning performance in bees?
ATTEND in person or by Zoom
To attend in person, come to the Bulimba Community Centre, 1 Barramul St, Bulimba, Brisbane. Free for members, $5 for non-members.
ANBA members can attend by Zoom, a link to join will be sent by email about 3 days prior to the event.
Did you know that bees can learn? We know that many insects are capable of modifying their behaviour based on past experience – and bumble bees show variation in learning potential between individuals within a colony, and between independent colonies. The evolutionary drivers for this variation are unclear – fast learning bees don’t always do a better job at supporting their colonies. We have investigated whether response to varied environmental complexity maintains this diversity of learning potential in a multi-year field study funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Marsden Fund.
Dr. Lisa Evans is a research scientist with the New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research. She leads the Pollination Ecology science team, working on crop pollination, pollinator management, and insect behaviour in both Australia and New Zealand. Lisa’s particular areas of interest are delivering reliable crop pollination in protected growing environments (netting and glasshouses) and the foraging behaviour of bees.
Prior to the speaker, we will hold the Special General Meeting.
Special General Meeting to vote for change of Rules
The purpose of the meeting is to hear and decide on a proposed special resolution to change the Association’s Rules “Constitution”.
After the October Annual General Meeting (AGM), a subcommittee undertook a comprehensive review of the current rules, and proposed changes to them. The Management Committee then met and agreed that the changes should go to a vote of members as soon as possible so that we can operate effectively.
The reasons for changing some of the rules are outlined below:
1. Include a preamble and table of contents to improve navigation, improvements in accuracy and grammar.
2. Reflect current Queensland Government regulations,
3. Provide clear statements regarding our not-for-profit status,
4. Reflect modern financial processes and
5. Be in line with the Australian Privacy Principles and the Privacy Act.
We have also made a list of the changes, so members can easily see where, what and why changes were made. The link to the proposed new rules can be found Found on the Resource page, or download directly HERE and the comparison table with the list of changes can be found HERE. Please take the time to read these documents before the scheduled SGM.
For voting purposes, those attending via zoom need to provide their name (as recorded in the ANBA membership files) together with their membership number and type of membership.
· Your membership number is at the top of this email, next to your name.
· Types of membership are standard or concessional individual person; standard couple with one vote; or industry member with two votes.
*Please have this information available when you log in.
A Management Committee member will be ready to collect it prior to the commencement of the meeting.
We hope to see you at this important event.