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Red Cedar

Most deciduous trees in Australia are exotic species; however there are a few native deciduous trees and one of the most spectacular is the Red Cedar. Its new, spring growth appears as a beautiful flush of copper red, due to the presence of a red pigment called anthocyanin. Most plant leaves are green because of a green pigment called chlorophyll which is utilised in photosynthesis. Red pigmented leaves reduce a plant’s ability to photosynthesise, however they have other benefits – they protect from excess light and radiation, the red colour undermines insect camouflage and is apparently a colour which is not appealing to potential insect pests. Plants also have to balance their energy capture with energy consumption and dissipation, so by reddening their leaves Red Cedars reduce the rate of photosynthesis which may be an advantage at a certain seasonal developmental stage of leaf growth.

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Chilled Out Lizards

Most residents of Tamborine Mountain have at least a few lizards living in their garden. As the weather cools they tend to disappear, why does this happen?

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Looking for Glossies

It is never easy counting wildlife, it is even more difficult when the species is mobile and covers a wide territory. Yet it is crucial to calculate at least a reasonable approximation of a species population to establish how the species is faring. It is particularly important in areas such as South East Qld where human impact is changing the natural environment. To assist in the daunting task of surveying wildlife many government authorities and universities are now utilising the services of volunteers and “citizen scientists” and recording and reviewing the observations of the general public.

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The Earth is really an ocean planet since less than one third of the Earth’s surface is covered by land and over two thirds covered by water. The land mass consists of continents and islands which are grouped together into seven regions - North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Antarctica, Europe and Australia/Oceana.

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Many Tamborine Mountain residents and visitors become involuntarily closely familiar with our local leeches, particularly after wet weather. Leech bites are not dangerous although they may become irritated after a few days. Most people are far more traumatised by an attack of squeamishness than by any physical symptoms.

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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)