One of the really encouraging talks at the Fire Ecology forum was Ryan describing the way partnerships with the museum and with universities are enabling a lot of valuable research into our fauna and flora. Later in the year we are hoping to hear from one of these students, Susannah Hale who is doing her PhD at Deakin. Susannah also delivered the Deakin small mammal trapping program a couple of years ago and is now completing a paper that will be submitted for publication summarising the data thus far. An item for our AGM will be how we can best support this work. Last year we donated money to help with the travelling costs of two students researching Smokey Mouse, and we will be arranging a time for them to present to us too. At least one other Friends Group is doing this sort of thing. A FriendsNet article reports that a Friends of the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve member left a legacy to be used by the group to be used as a research grant to support post-graduate biology students at universities.