Just how eco-healthy is your garden and the area that you call home? Find out by taking part in the very first Sunshine Coast Big Butterfly Count from Saturday 12 March to Sunday 20 March 2022. You can count from your backyard, your school, a local park or join a public survey event. Butterfly expertise is not a pre-requisite, the Big Butterfly Count is for anybody and everybody!
Butterflies are an integral party of a healthy environment. Both adult butterflies and their caterpillars are food for many creatures, including birds. Butterflies are also helpful with plant pollination. Many butterfly caterpillars can only feed on specific native host plants. As a result of the close relationship that butterflies have with plants, butterflies can be an indicator of the environmental health of an area.
Join a butterfly workshop to learn more about our local butterflies, their host plants and how to create a garden that will attract beautiful butterflies.
Join Native Plants QLD, the Sunshine Coast Branch, as they host a 'Gardening for Butterflies' presentation, with Helen Schwencke sharing her extensive knowledge on everything butterfly. Learn more about the Sunshine Coast's Big Butterfly Count and be part of the survey within the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens. A variety of butterfly-attracting native plants will be available from Forest Heart Nursery and Coolum Community Native Nursery.
REGISTRATION: Even though Gardening for Butterflies is a FREE event, bookings are essential. Please email Karen at: firstname.lastname@example.org to register your attendance.
Monarch Butterfly, photographer Debadutta via www.pexels.com - no attribution required
Professor Roger Kitching AM is a rainforest ecologist with specialised expertise in the biology, conservation and management of invertebrate biodiversity. Learn more about the conservation status of butterflies and the work that is currently taking place to protect local butterfly populations.
Join Professor Kitching online for an engaging Butterflies on the Brink discussion.
🦋 GET TO KNOW YOUR LOCAL BUTTERFLIES FRIDAY 18 MARCH, 9am to 12noon
MOOLOOLAH RIVER LANDCARE, STEVE IRWIN WAY, GLENVIEW
Join Mooloolah River Landcare for a fabulous morning of butterfly exploration. The morning will commence with a presentation by butterfly expert Helen Schwencke, who will be giving tips on how to identify local butterflies. Participants will then move onto a nearby location to take part in the Sunshine Coast's Big Butterfly Count.
Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Please email Jessica at email@example.com to register.
🦋 LOOKING AND GARDENING FOR BUTTERFLIES
SATURDAY 19 MARCH, 10am
FOREST HEART NURSERY, 20 CORAL STREET, MALENY
Local butterflies are attracted to local native plants, which provide the necessary nectar as well as being host plants to caterpillars. Be part of the Sunshine Coast's Big Butterfly Count and join Karen Shaw as she looks for butterflies within the Forest Heart Eco-Nursery. Learn interesting facts about the amazing plants that support butterflies, which in turn will help you to create your very own butterfly garden at home. Butterfly identification, data collection sheets and a butterfly plant list will be provided.
Bookings are preferred, but not essential. Please register by emailing Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Image: Phil Bender via Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve FB
🦋 COUNT AT HOME
SATURDAY 12 MARCH TO SUNDAY 20 MARCH
Join in the Sunshine Coast's Big Butterfly Count to record butterfly sightings anytime during the period Saturday 12 March to Sunday 20 March 2022. Your observations can be from anywhere within the Sunshine Coast region - your backyard, a school or even a local park. Participants do NOT need to be a butterfly expert, anybody can join.
Search for the Sunshine Coast's Big Butterfly Count in Projects
Click the plus symbol in the top right corner to add your record
Select your location via the map or add co-ordinates manually
Scroll through the images of butterflies and enter the number observed in the count field
Hit the orange submit button at the end of the list to contribute your record
The above app focuses on the thirty-one most common butterfly species found on the Sunshine Coast. If you have discovered a species NOT on this list, please take an image and record it via the iNaturalist app. Add your observation to the count by searching for 'Sunshine Coast Big Butterfly Count' in Projects.
Image: Rod Edmonds via Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve FB
If you're not to keen on counting butterflies on your own and would prefer to be part of a group, hosted by butterfly enthusiasts across a range of locations on the Sunshine Coast, then joining one of the groups mentioned below, may be the fun answer to getting involved in the count.
🦋 Saturday 12 March, 9am to 12noon
Barung Big Butterfly Survey and Seed Forest Landcare Working Bee, Maleny
Butterfly survey followed by a 'landcare' working bee. Registration and further details here
Diarise the dates and register your interest, Sunshine Coast, counting butterflies is a fun and unique method of ensuring that our region is an eco-healthy environment for Nature's creatures great and small. I'm so excited I have flutterbies!