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The Natural History Association which was formed in 1975 by concerned and far sighted locals to assist the National Parks and Wildlife Service in protecting the parks and providing interpretation and education about our environmental heritage. At the same time as our formation other Natural History groups were started in Binna Burra, Green Mountains, the Bunyas and Lake Broadwater, all with the same aim - to educate the public on our National Parks. All built and run information centres.
Our association was started thanks to the work of Dr John Youngman, John Johnstone, the then Parks Ranger and the help of early members. Early members ran many educational programs including information tours of our parks as several were trained honorary park rangers.
Originally the Tamborine Mountain Visitor Information Centre was developed and run by the Natural History Association. Our first building was a slab hut built from old sleepers in the park. Then with help from Council and the dynamic Dr Vonda Youngman, we constructed the present brick building with much local and voluntary labour.
The focal point for information about the Maintain and its natural assets is this well known building in Doughty Park. For many years it was manned by volunteer members of the Tamborine Mountain Natural History Association all year round.
The Centre (known to locals as the VIC) provides not only information to visitors on their destination or best scenic views but also an awareness of the value and beauty of our National Parks and the natural assets of our Mountain. The Centre also provides a comprehensive tourist information service on the whole Shire as well as the Mountain for our visitors, and is accredited with Queensland Tourism.
The centre now is operated by the Tamborine Mountain Chamber of Commerce but the NHA continues to provide educational displays, a comprehensive nature library, pamphlets, species lists and many books on sale including the Association's own "A Natural History of Tamborine Mountain".
Today the NHA provides for much more including an active bushwalking club and an avid bird group, regular speakers at our meetings, publishing books and brochures on nature as well as donating funding and supporting the Bush Volunteers and wildlife carers.
Check out these Random Images to see a sample of what the NHA see.
Book - Mistletoes of Subtropical Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria
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).
Book - Flora and Fauna of Tamborine Mountain
TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN FLORA & FAUNA by Russell, Leiper, White, Francis, Hauser, McDonald & Sims is now on sale at local outlets for $15.
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)