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The songs of birds have fascinated and inspired humans since time immemorial. Bird hearing is complex, the range of bird hearing is from infra-sound levels below 100Hz to ultrasound levels over 29000Hz, the range depends on the species. Their hearing can recognise absolute pitch, timbre, harmonic variation and short notes (1/200 second). Pigeons have demonstrated that they can distinguish between human composers such as Bach and Stravinsky – quite a feat.

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Breathe deep

We humans are not particularly efficient breath holders. By mastering a number of breathing techniques a small number of free divers are able to hold their breath for close to 10 minutes, but the vast majority of people cannot exceed 3 minutes.

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Scenic Rim

We tend to think of Tamborine Mountain itself as timeless and unchanging, in fact the land-form we know today has been created and modified by millions of years of geological processes such as erosion, weathering, subduction and volcanic activity. The Mountain’s geological history includes being 1000m underwater, thrust up from the seabed, smothered in lava and eroded.

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Owls - The night Hunter

Owls seem to be one of the most recognisable and popular species of bird. Historically owls were regarded in different ways by different cultures – their forward facing, staring eyes; stealth and nocturnal life gave them an aura of wisdom, power and mystery. The ancient Greeks regarded the owl as a creature sacred to Athena goddess of wisdom, and in many cultures owls were venerated for their wisdom, clairvoyance and beauty. Conversely in other cultures, owls were believed to be the messengers of sorcerers and wizards; and were feared as birds of death and ill omen.

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As the warmer weather approaches many people are looking forward to some form of water recreation – swimming, surfing, snorkelling, diving or just cooling off and having fun. Most people are so accustomed to being in the water that the process of swimming in the water is taken for granted, but the properties of water mean that moving in water is different from moving in air.

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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)