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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Its Traditional Owners, naturalists and scientists hold a wealth of knowledge about these rich environments, much of it unpublished.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.

Scott C. Morrison and Donald C. Franklin

<p class="font_9">Bird counts at Koah</p>

Bird counts in eucalypt woodland at Koah, Far North Queensland


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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Since 1932

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.

Matthew Mo

Free-living adult Spectacled Flying-fox (Pteropus conspicillatus) observed with two pups

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Elinor C. Scambler and Simon B. Burchill

Birds of a ‘hyper-disturbed’ rainforest remnant: volunteer surveys at Lake Eacham on the Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, 1993-1998

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David Y.P. Tng, Nigel I.J. Tucker and Deborah M.G. Apgaua

How does the forest structure, diversity and species composition of a restored rainforest 25 years after planting compare with that of mature rainforest?

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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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