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In the horizontal menu above, you can hover your mouse cursor over various Database sub-menus to display available further sub-menus. Do not click on a menu item until you have made your choice.

The Wherabouts lists are location related reference material for data entry in Observations and other lists. However, these reference lists are also valuable data themselves for biodiversity information related to Tamborine Mountain and for TMNHA groups for excursions on and off the mountain.

There is a loose heirarchy of Regions being the broadest areas. Locations are more specific areas within regions. Surveys or Walking Tracks are more specific for those purposes and are allocated to a Location which is then allocated to a Region.

The heirarchy assists users in searching the lists for the specific information they need.

Their development is ongoing.All materials on this site are copyright protected by its author. Excluding our own non-text media, text content may be re-published with attribution to "Tamborine Mountain Natural History Association Inc www.naturalhistory.org.au" and the author if indicated for that content in the website.

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Our website usually displays very well in current popular Browsers in their most recent versions. If you get display problems from using olld versions then unfortunately we can not support your systems.

For example, in pre Windows 8 IExplorer old version 8 or 9 there are a number of faults with its display of otherwise internationally browser display compliance standards. They are mostly fixed in the later release of IExplorer 10 but that is only available under Windows 7 or 8. IExplorer 11 is only available under Windows 8.

Please consider keeping the most up to date Browser version for your computer. This not only improves your browsing experience but also generally gives you the latest security protections available in those Browsers.

Observation Lists

The first Observation table is for registered or public user access as determined appropriate from time to time. Settings for that table allow controlling user level access to meet those display needs. This table is not automatically updated when reference tables are updated as it is not set-up as a relational database. It is derived from a periodic text export of label data from the "Obs Management" table. This allows several benefits like:

  • Verification of data and relationships to occur in Obs Management table by special users
  • It takes advantage of database software auto-generation of search filters using selection by drop-down or auto-complete which solely relate to data in the table and not relational lists from reference tables where list names may not all have data in the table
  • By inclusion of just this table in the site database it then becomes available for various Joomla extensions that allow Joomla Administrator constructed additional database searches which are not available in the primary database software. Usually these additional extensions do not allow connection to the second MySQL database where the primary observations and reference data is stored.

The Obs Management table is for Special users to keep a relational database of observations updated for reference table data changes. Special users can also choose to use this table for their observation searches once they feel comfortable with it variance of use of search filters. Some points on its use:

  • The Search filters may only allow a text field for typing the user's search term or part thereof. It does not always allow auto-creation of drop-down or auto-complete filters due to an issue with there function on relational data mentioned in the thread Search Filters and Relational Data Drop-Down Selection
  • The relational data based on reference table ids does allow some field data to be automatically linked to the record in the reference table such as for a location or species name record
  • This table pre-dates a system glitch (may already be resolved) that stopped Google maps displaying in Form views for a record

Please note that both tables limit display of Google Maps to the Form or Map Visualization sub-menu. Also Visualizations limit to 200 place markers on a map. There is a daily limit allowed by Google for map generation and this practice helps us stay within those limits.

Also using the 2 table system allows for simpler database software settings so that future web managers may better understand and adapt to managing the database. It avoids inserting of far more complex SQL commands that would take substantial extra learning by them.

Tamborine Mountain Species

The Database in this website seeks to combine a wide array of field work by various individuals and organisations in observations and identifications of species found on Tamborine Mountain

A complexity of environmental factors has produced a complexity of vegetation across Tamborine Mountain. These can best be seen and understood as communities or ecosystems of plants and animals. They are a convenient way to classify the considerable biodiversity of Tamborine Mountain which is also reflected in the diversity of its animals. Our primary Species List is broken down by Vegetation Community should you wish to filter species by those communities.

Based on observation entered in this Database, we will occasionally analyse and update breakdowns of Species lists by locations.

For full observational data, please refer to the Observations menu items. However this data is as yet not ready for public release. Registered members can login to see >9,000 bird observations.

Reference Tables or Lists

In the horizontal menu above, you can hover your mouse cursor over various Data sub-menus to display available further sub-menus. Do not click on a menu item until you have made your choice.

The reference tables include the menu items Species Lists; Reference Lists; and Locations menus.

Those data tables collect reference data for use in observation records and allow data editors to use those reference lists to fill in new observation data.

However, these reference lists are also valuable data themselves for biodiversity information related to Tamborine Mountain and for TMNHA groups for excursions off the mountain.

Their development is ongoing.


Database Guide





The objectives of Tamborine Mountain Natural History Association Inc. (TMNHA) and the website is to share natural history and biodiversity knowledge and experiences. The history on developing the TMNHA website system with a database function was to provide opportunities for TMNHA in wide ranging data collection and display.  Some knowledge may have restricted access for various reasons.

YOU CAN ACCESS THE CURRENT DATABASE at this LINK or by the sub menu item "Current Database Link".

Website Administrators can access the new Database in development by the sub-menu above only appearing on their logon.

Tamborine Mountain Data Collection

Please note that this description has been compiled from a number of persons integral to its development and from material written by them.

Biodiversity data has been collected over a long history of various contributors, which includes

  1. Very old records donated to TMNHA
  2. TMNHA members developing and expanding that donated data  for printed materials
  3. TMNHA members collecting observations through organised bird and nature walks (on and off the mountain) and member's personal observations
  4. Tamborine Mountain Landcare Inc (TML) was later formed and had members who were also or had been TMNHA members. TML arrange scientific surveys of specific sites to identify and monitor plants and animals at those sites. Its members have also contributed some personal observations.
  5. Past and continuing data collected by persons unconnected with TMNHA or TML.
A Biodat clipper database was created by Stephen Sims to collect and manage this data for each contributor's usage directly or indirectly by arrangement with Stephen. That clipper database remains in current use by Mike Russell with support of Stephen Sims. Along with other volunteers, they have made a significant contribution for collecting data on the Tamborine Mountain environment.
TMNHA wanted to make data easier to access on the Internet and include more information for TMNHA use through integration of the data in the NHA website. For example, TMNHA has also recommenced local Nature Walks to reconnect people with local nature and collect additional observations and media on local plants and animals (including birds).
TMNHA is also exploring ways for our local data to be duplicated in the Bird Atlas or other approved web databases.
The history on developing the TMNHA website system with a database function was to provide opportunities for TMNHA in wide ranging data collection and display. The TMNHA Website objectives were:
  • Firstly to create a web database system fully integrated with other TMNHA website systems for TMNHA to collect and display natural history information.
  • Secondly to be a system to easily integrate the information (such as bird group data ) that has already been largely developed by and for TMNHA use through recording in the Biodat clipper system.  
  • TMNHA management agrees that contribution and access to this information should be available to TML and local Councils. Reasonable systems may be set-up if needed for them to use the TMNHA system.




Content Contribution Usage & Copyright

Our understanding is that in Australia (home of this website) Copyright subsists to the Contributor for website content. Whilst no formal copyright notice is required to protect that entitlement, there is a small print copyright notice at the bottom of the website intended to warn users that the website content is subject to copyright whether it be for TMNHA or a contributor's benefit. If an author requests more prominent notice with their content then we can add their notice assuming the wording is acceptable to TMNHA and does not detract from general website display.

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Menu Guide

In the horizontal menu above, you can hover your mouse cursor over a menu item to display available sub-menus before clicking on the first menu item. But if you did not know that or forget, we have recreated the primary menu again below with the first level of your current menu position expanded.



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Copies of the excellent & definitive “ The Mistletoes of Subtropical Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria” by local authors John Moss & Ross Kendall now on sale at $27.50 from Mike Russell (5545 3601).

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Why does attentiveness to nature matter? In a very fundamental sense, we are what we pay attention to. Paying heed to beauty, grace, and everyday miracles promotes a sense of possibility and coherence that runs deeper and truer than the often illusory commercial, social "realities" advanced by mainstream contemporary culture. ... Our attention is precious, and what we choose to focus it on has enormous consequences. What we choose to look at, and to listen to--these choices change the world. As Thich Nhat Hanh has pointed out, we become the bad television programs that we watch. A society that expends its energies tracking the latest doings of the celebrity couple is fundamentally distinct from one that watches for the first arriving spring migrant birds, or takes a weekend to check out insects in a mountain stream, or looks inside flowers to admire the marvelous ingenuities involved in pollination. The former tends to drag culture down to its lowest commonalities; the latter can lift us up in a sense of unity with all life. The Way of Natural History, edited by Thomas Lowe Fleischner and published by Trinity University Press (Texas)