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Jonthan Munro

Jonathan Munro

Born in England, Jonathan has extensive experience leading birdwatching,  wildlife and rainforest excursions. Since 1987 he has led over 3500 excursions in the Tropical North Queensland region and Australia-wide.

His international clients include Audubon Societies, Sierra Club, BBC natural history, museum, university, zoo and alumni groups, numerous cinematographers and photographic groups, international bird clubs, travel agents, families and individuals.

Jonathan has worked as a biologist for the Australian Parks and Conservation Service and for organizations concerned with wildfowl and wetlands conservation and captive breeding programs for rare and endangered species. He has also been employed by James Cook University as a Field Researcher, for six years, conducting fauna surveys in the north Queensland region.

Jonathan supports many local rainforest restoration and rehabilitation projects and is a firm believer in a more practical and realistic approach to aiding and conserving the local environment. To that end, two strategically situated and significant forested properties, totalling almost 300 acres, were purchased in 1991 and 2004. Together they became Warrigal Highland Rainforest Preserve, a private wildlife sanctuary, owned and managed by Wild Watch Australia.

To date, more than 16,000 native rainforest and wet sclerophyll trees have been planted at the preserve to provide habitat for many species of animals and plants, many of which are listed as vulnerable, rare, threatened and endangered. Ongoing projects include the revegetation and restoration of areas cleared by previous landholders and degraded by  cattle grazing.

Tours

Wild Watch Australia offers a wide range of bird watching, wildlife, plant and photography tours, tailor-made to suit your interests. Tours are usually fully accommodated but can also be with just guiding only, either in vehicles approved for commercial tours or in the clientsown vehicle. These can be from one day to several days or even several weeks in duration in the tropical north Queensland region.

All tours are led by experienced professional naturalist, Jonathan Munro.

Cairns and near Atherton Tablelands Tour (Our recommendation)
Full-day. Lowlands, foothills and uplands. Habitats include mud flats and mangroves along Cairns Esplanade and forshore, freshwater lagoons and swamp, feather palm and paperbark forest, upland rainforest, dry sclerophyll woodland and savannah woodland. Includes lunch at the Mareeba Wetlands. Species include Barred Cuckoo-shrike, Double-eyed Fig-parrot (race Macleayana), Crimson Finch, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Little and Forest Kingfishers, Mangrove Robin, White-breasted Wood-swallow, Olive-backed (Yellow-bellied) Sunbird, Rainbow and Scaly-breasted Lorrikeets, Black Butcherbird, Yellow Oriole, Metallic Starling, Rainbow Bee-eater, Magpie-lark, Spangled Drongo, Bar-shouldered Dove, Pied Imperial Pigeon, Brown-backed and Varied Honeyeaters, Green Pygmy-goose, Comb-crested Jacana, Australian Darter, Brush Turkey, Tawny Frogmouth, Osprey, Welcome Swallow, Helmeted Friarbird and Peregrine Falcon.

To book a tour contact Jonathan directly:
Jonathan Munro (Wild Watch)
Phone/Fax: +61 7 4097 6747 or +61 7 4097 7408
Mobile: 0429 438 064
Email: jmunro@wildwatch.com.au
Website: www.wildwatch.com.au