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QNC Club Meeting – 18 September 23
18 September @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Please join us for the QNC Club September 2023 Meeting.
Mr Clifford Meyer
Topic: Butterflies – monitoring the rare, and discovering the new.
Speaker: Mr Clifford (Cliff) Meyer
Clifford Meyer (Cliff) served 43.5 years in Defence firstly in the Royal Australian Navy (1977 to 1999) and secondly in major Defence capability procurement and sustainment (1999 to 2020) of satellite communications systems (both space and ground based systems), Information Technology systems and for the past 14.5 years with Army’s Tiger and Taipan helicopters here in Brisbane.
Cliff developed his passion for butterflies as a young boy growing up in Cairns in Far North Queensland, which he has continued to this present day. Defence postings around Australia allowed him to observe and collect much of the Australian butterfly fauna and he has been fortunate to discover and describe, species, subspecies and life histories of some of our lesser known butterflies.
When posted to Canberra, Cliff supported Dr Michael ‘Doc’ Braby in the drafting of Butterflies of Australia, Their Identification, Biology and Distribution published in 2000, and provided numerous specimens from his extensive private collection for inclusion in the colour plates. He provided Doc with suggestions for the content and layout of the First Edition of The Complete Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia published in 2004, and also provided Doc with images and unpublished data for inclusion in the Second Edition of the field guide that was published in 2016.
Cliff is a member of the Queensland Entomological Society and Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club, and is often called on to review new butterfly manuscripts for their suitability for publication in The Australian Entomologist.
In November 2020, Cliff became actively involved in the Brisbane’s Big Butterfly Count (BBBC) supporting Brisbane’s Catchment Network groups, providing three workshops aimed at the correct identification of butterflies and their immature stages and has provided field technical support to aid in the collation of correct species data. In 2021, he provided a workshop and field technical support to the Sunshine Coast’s Big Butterfly Count initiative and again in October 2022 he provided workshops and field technical support to the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland’s, Upper Dawson Branch’s butterfly weekend conducted as part of the 100th year celebrations. Cliff continues to support the BBBC initiative.
A light supper will be available after the meeting.
Please arrive around 7pm for a 7.30pm start.