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Land, sea, river, sky

North Queensland's reefs, mangroves, rainforests, savanna woodlands and spinifex grasslands have long inspired scientific enquiry. Its Traditional Owners, naturalists and scientists hold a wealth of knowledge about these rich environments, much of it unpublished. And there is still much to discover. North Queensland Naturalist provides an avenue for sharing this work, with the aim of improving our understanding of the region and its sustainable management.

Nigel I. J. Tucker, Amanda N. D. Freeman and Tracey J. Marshall

Structural and functional connectivity in a 25-year old restored wildlife corridor - an example from the upland Wet Tropics of north-eastern Australia

<p class="font_9">Connectivity in a restored wildlife corridor</p>


North Queensland Naturalist is a fully online peer-reviewed journal of natural history, ecology, and conservation biology, publishing articles about plants, animals, ecosystems and the management of areas for which conservation is a priority.

Documenting our unique natural history

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The North Queensland Naturalist is published by the North Queensland Natural History Group. It is free to both authors and readers and is dedicated to documenting the natural history of North Queensland. It has existed as a journal (1932–1982) and newsletter (1983–2002) under the auspices of the North Queensland Naturalists Club which was based in Cairns but no longer exists. Since 2016, the journal has published manuscripts online as they are finalised, providing rapid publication for authors.

Since 1932

Dermot Smyth, Leonard Andy, David Blair, John Grindrod, Whitney Rassip and Richard Pearson

Swiftlet Isles Revisited: Population trends and sibling incubation in colonies of the Australian Swiftlet, Aerodramus terraereginae terraereginae, on North Queensland Islands

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Patrick De Geest and Dermot Smyth

Foliage roosting in the Australian Swiftlet (Aerodramus terraereginae) in the Wet Tropics bioregion of Queensland

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Elinor C. Scambler

The mysterious Wilson B. Sinclair (1894?–1935): dingo trapper, natural history columnist and discoverer of the Purple-necked Rock-wallaby Petrogale purpureicollis

<p class="font_9">The mysterious Wilson B. Sinclair (1894?–1935)</p>
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Contributions are welcome from interested persons of all skill levels from amateur to professional, including field naturalists, conservation practitioners, students and professional researchers. The journal particularly encourages submissions from Indigenous people, or people representing Indigenous groups.


To ensure a high standard, the journal has an expert editorial panel and all manuscripts will be sent out to review. Assistance in the preparation of any or all stages of manuscripts is available including writing, referencing, preparing graphs and maps, and statistical analysis where appropriate. Indeed, we see our role as including helping to improve the writing skills of less-experienced authors.

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