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Notices on Our Content (hover on each phrase): Member Protected Content  Walk Access Restrictions May Apply   

Our Association has members with extensive experience in Species identification.

It takes specialized skills and scientific expertise to correctly identify species. There are millions of species on Earth—between 5 and 30 million —and just 2 million species have been identified and named. That means there are more species that are unknown than known. In addition, some species are so similar that differences are visible only through DNA analysis. National Geographic.com

One of the challenges of getting close to nature is working out how to identify species of plants, animals, insects, reptiles .........  This may help to clarify that whilst we all try to be exact about it, there is sometimes room for some discussion on its accuracy. Check out lifeonterra.com for a video about The Species Problem.

General Principles

When someone says it better than you can then its best to refer you to them. The Guardian.com has a good description of species identification issues in its article How species are identified where is states:

The real question of course though is how can species be recognised and identified? This is where things get complex and disagreements can arise between biologists, since species are more fluid than elements or atoms. By definition, species evolve and over time populations change, diverge and lineages split into new species.

For a discussion of species identification system issues, a good start is Wikipedia on Species. Follow this with some practical tools at Atlas of Living Australia and our Useful Links tab above.

TMNHA Database

Whilst we are interested in assisting to locate and identify rare or new species on Tamborine Mountain, we do not have the resources to be a general species identification service to the public. Our Database has approximately 1200 species identified on Tamborine Mountain.

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 above Database sub menu item "Current Database Link".

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

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.

Mobile Apps

These have been submitted as used by some of our members. Most of these links are to Android Google Pay as that is what has been submitted by our members. You may find Apple versions at the Apple Store in the usual way.You may find searching the App Store with the words "Field Guide" is useful for finding relevant Species Apps.

Like any third party system associated with our activities, please note that each user must decide for themselves if they will use such third party services and software and to use them solely at their own risk. We can not and do not accept any responsibility for any loss incurred by their usage. Please only use your mobile manufacturers approved mobile app download system. Some of these Apps may require payments and contain In-App purchases.

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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)