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The double life of Dragonflies

Tamborine Mountain is home to several species of dragonflies.

Dragonflies are members of the order Odonata, they are ancient and successful insects, one species of dragonfly that existed 250 million years ago is the largest insect recorded; its wingspan was 70 cm. There are approximately 6,000 species of dragonflies worldwide and 320 in Australia.

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Fire Ants

Infestations of the imported fire ant were first identified in Brisbane in 2001; despite a decade long eradication programme the fire ants continue to spread farther into SouthEast Queensland. Scientists estimate that if they are not controlled they will spread into 2 million square kms over the next 30 years.

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Lyrebirds are a remarkable and ancient species of bird which are unique to Australia and have become one of the nation’s iconic species with its image appearing in our currency (ten cent coin, one hundred dollar note) and numerous other applications.

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The recent eruption of Eyjafjjoell Volcano in Iceland produced 210 kilotons of ash and 15.1 kilotons of sulphur di-oxide, which rose to an altitude of 9500 metres. This eruption was considered relatively small by vulcanologists.

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Tamborine Mountain Bird Diversity

When Europeans first set eyes on Tamborine Mountain it must have been a naturalist’s paradise. The western edge of the escarpment was covered with kangaroo grass and open sclerophyll forest, while dense luxuriant rainforest grew on the plateau and eastern escarpment. A huge variety of wildlife species thrived in this natural environment and flocks of thousands of birds were observed.

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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)