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Get to know your local butterflies


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!

Sunshine Coast BIG Butterfly Count plus workshops, eco-healthy gardens, take part, count from your backyard, your school, anybody and everybody, plant pollination, host plants, Gardening for Butterflies, Free event, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Forest Heart Nursery, Coolum Community Native Nursery, Butterflies on the Brink, online discussion, Sunshine Coast Environment Council, Barung Landcare, Get to know your local butterflies, Mooloolah River Landcare, presentations, Looking and Gardening for Butterflies, Count at Home, join a survey with other butterfly enthusiasts, Maleny, Tanawha, Mudjimba, Ninderry, Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary, EJ Foote Sanctuary, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Barung Landcare, flutterbies
Image: Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve FB


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.

Sunshine Coast BIG Butterfly Count plus workshops, eco-healthy gardens, take part, count from your backyard, your school, anybody and everybody, plant pollination, host plants, Gardening for Butterflies, Free event, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Forest Heart Nursery, Coolum Community Native Nursery, Butterflies on the Brink, online discussion, Sunshine Coast Environment Council, Barung Landcare, Get to know your local butterflies, Mooloolah River Landcare, presentations, Looking and Gardening for Butterflies, Count at Home, join a survey with other butterfly enthusiasts, Maleny, Tanawha, Mudjimba, Ninderry, Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary, EJ Foote Sanctuary, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Barung Landcare, flutterbies
Image: Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve FB


🦋 BUTTERFLY WORKSHOPS 🦋

🦋 GARDENING FOR BUTTERFLIES - FREE EVENT
SUNDAY 13 MARCH, 9am to 11am
KURRAJONG SHELTER, MAROOCHY REGIONAL BUSHLAND BOTANIC GARDENS, TANAWHA


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: npscsec@gmail.com to register your attendance.

Sunshine Coast BIG Butterfly Count plus workshops, eco-healthy gardens, take part, count from your backyard, your school, anybody and everybody, plant pollination, host plants, Gardening for Butterflies, Free event, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Forest Heart Nursery, Coolum Community Native Nursery, Butterflies on the Brink, online discussion, Sunshine Coast Environment Council, Barung Landcare, Get to know your local butterflies, Mooloolah River Landcare, presentations, Looking and Gardening for Butterflies, Count at Home, join a survey with other butterfly enthusiasts, Maleny, Tanawha, Mudjimba, Ninderry, Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary, EJ Foote Sanctuary, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Barung Landcare, flutterbies
Monarch Butterfly, photographer Debadutta via www.pexels.com - no attribution required


🦋 BUTTERFLIES ON THE BRINK
MONDAY 14 MARCH, 6pm to 7pm

ONLINE - PLEASE REGISTER HERE TO GET THE ZOOM LINK

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.

The Butterflies on the Brink event is hosted by Sunshine Coast Environment Council and Barung Landcare.

Sunshine Coast BIG Butterfly Count plus workshops, eco-healthy gardens, take part, count from your backyard, your school, anybody and everybody, plant pollination, host plants, Gardening for Butterflies, Free event, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Forest Heart Nursery, Coolum Community Native Nursery, Butterflies on the Brink, online discussion, Sunshine Coast Environment Council, Barung Landcare, Get to know your local butterflies, Mooloolah River Landcare, presentations, Looking and Gardening for Butterflies, Count at Home, join a survey with other butterfly enthusiasts, Maleny, Tanawha, Mudjimba, Ninderry, Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary, EJ Foote Sanctuary, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Barung Landcare, flutterbies
Image: Pixabay via www.pexels.com - no attribution required


🦋 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.

REGISTRATION:
Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Please email Jessica at mrwl.projects@gmail.com to register.

Sunshine Coast BIG Butterfly Count plus workshops, eco-healthy gardens, take part, count from your backyard, your school, anybody and everybody, plant pollination, host plants, Gardening for Butterflies, Free event, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Forest Heart Nursery, Coolum Community Native Nursery, Butterflies on the Brink, online discussion, Sunshine Coast Environment Council, Barung Landcare, Get to know your local butterflies, Mooloolah River Landcare, presentations, Looking and Gardening for Butterflies, Count at Home, join a survey with other butterfly enthusiasts, Maleny, Tanawha, Mudjimba, Ninderry, Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary, EJ Foote Sanctuary, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Barung Landcare, flutterbies
Image: Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve FB


🦋 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.

REGISTRATION:
Bookings are preferred, but not essential. Please register by emailing Karen at nursery@forestheart.com.au

Sunshine Coast BIG Butterfly Count plus workshops, eco-healthy gardens, take part, count from your backyard, your school, anybody and everybody, plant pollination, host plants, Gardening for Butterflies, Free event, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Forest Heart Nursery, Coolum Community Native Nursery, Butterflies on the Brink, online discussion, Sunshine Coast Environment Council, Barung Landcare, Get to know your local butterflies, Mooloolah River Landcare, presentations, Looking and Gardening for Butterflies, Count at Home, join a survey with other butterfly enthusiasts, Maleny, Tanawha, Mudjimba, Ninderry, Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary, EJ Foote Sanctuary, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Barung Landcare, flutterbies
Image: Phil Bender via Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve FB


🦋 COUNT AT HOME
SATURDAY 12 MARCH TO SUNDAY 20 MARCH
ANYWHERE🦋

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.

How to get involved?
Download the free BioCollect app from Google Play or App Store
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.

Sunshine Coast BIG Butterfly Count plus workshops, eco-healthy gardens, take part, count from your backyard, your school, anybody and everybody, plant pollination, host plants, Gardening for Butterflies, Free event, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Forest Heart Nursery, Coolum Community Native Nursery, Butterflies on the Brink, online discussion, Sunshine Coast Environment Council, Barung Landcare, Get to know your local butterflies, Mooloolah River Landcare, presentations, Looking and Gardening for Butterflies, Count at Home, join a survey with other butterfly enthusiasts, Maleny, Tanawha, Mudjimba, Ninderry, Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary, EJ Foote Sanctuary, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Barung Landcare, flutterbies
Image: Rod Edmonds via Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve FB


🦋 JOIN A SURVEY🦋

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


🦋 Sunday 13 March, 9am to 10am
Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, Tanawha
Butterfly survey followed by a Gardening for Butterflies presentation.
Registration and further details here


Sunshine Coast BIG Butterfly Count plus workshops, eco-healthy gardens, take part, count from your backyard, your school, anybody and everybody, plant pollination, host plants, Gardening for Butterflies, Free event, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Forest Heart Nursery, Coolum Community Native Nursery, Butterflies on the Brink, online discussion, Sunshine Coast Environment Council, Barung Landcare, Get to know your local butterflies, Mooloolah River Landcare, presentations, Looking and Gardening for Butterflies, Count at Home, join a survey with other butterfly enthusiasts, Maleny, Tanawha, Mudjimba, Ninderry, Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary, EJ Foote Sanctuary, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Barung Landcare, flutterbies
Image: Leesa Beutel via Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve FB


🦋 Monday 14 March, 9am to 10am
Cottonwood Reserve, Mudjimba
Registration and further details here


🦋 Tuesday 15 March, 9am to 10am
Mt Ninderry Conservation Reserve, Ninderry
Registration and further details here


🦋 Tuesday 15 March, 10am
Looking for Butterflies, Forest Heart Eco-Nursery, 20 Coral Street, Maleny
Registration: Bookings preferred, email Karen at nursery@forestheart.com.au


Join Karen Shaw to look for butterflies in the Forest Heart Eco-Nursery. Butterfly identification and data collection sheets will be provided.

Sunshine Coast BIG Butterfly Count plus workshops, eco-healthy gardens, take part, count from your backyard, your school, anybody and everybody, plant pollination, host plants, Gardening for Butterflies, Free event, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Forest Heart Nursery, Coolum Community Native Nursery, Butterflies on the Brink, online discussion, Sunshine Coast Environment Council, Barung Landcare, Get to know your local butterflies, Mooloolah River Landcare, presentations, Looking and Gardening for Butterflies, Count at Home, join a survey with other butterfly enthusiasts, Maleny, Tanawha, Mudjimba, Ninderry, Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary, EJ Foote Sanctuary, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Barung Landcare, flutterbies
Image: Cindy Gustafson via www.pexels.com - no attribution required


🦋 Wednesday 16 March, 9am to 10am
Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary, Bli Bli
Registration and further details here


🦋 Thursday 17 March, 9am to 10am
EJ Foote Sanctuary, Buderim
Registration and further details here


🦋 Friday 18 March, 10.30am to 12noon
Mooloolah River Landcare, Glenview
Registration: email Jessica at mrwl.projects@gmail.com

This survey will be preceded by a presentation and butterfly walk.

🦋 Saturday 19 March, 10am
Looking for Butterflies, Forest Heart Nursery, 20 Coral Street, Maleny
Registration: Bookings preferred, email Karen at nursery@forestheart.com.au


This survey is part of a Gardening for Butterflies event - please see details above, under Butterfly Workshops.

Sunshine Coast BIG Butterfly Count plus workshops, eco-healthy gardens, take part, count from your backyard, your school, anybody and everybody, plant pollination, host plants, Gardening for Butterflies, Free event, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Forest Heart Nursery, Coolum Community Native Nursery, Butterflies on the Brink, online discussion, Sunshine Coast Environment Council, Barung Landcare, Get to know your local butterflies, Mooloolah River Landcare, presentations, Looking and Gardening for Butterflies, Count at Home, join a survey with other butterfly enthusiasts, Maleny, Tanawha, Mudjimba, Ninderry, Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary, EJ Foote Sanctuary, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Barung Landcare, flutterbies
Image: Pixabay via www.pexels.com - no attribution required


🦋 Sunday 20 March, 9am to 19am
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny
Registration and further details here


The Sunshine Coast's Big Butterfly Count is a joint initiative of:

Barung Landcare
Coolum Community Native Nursery
Forest Heart Eco-Nursery
Mooloolah River Landcare (MRL)
Sunshine Coast Environment Council

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!

Sunshine Coast BIG Butterfly Count plus workshops, eco-healthy gardens, take part, count from your backyard, your school, anybody and everybody, plant pollination, host plants, Gardening for Butterflies, Free event, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Forest Heart Nursery, Coolum Community Native Nursery, Butterflies on the Brink, online discussion, Sunshine Coast Environment Council, Barung Landcare, Get to know your local butterflies, Mooloolah River Landcare, presentations, Looking and Gardening for Butterflies, Count at Home, join a survey with other butterfly enthusiasts, Maleny, Tanawha, Mudjimba, Ninderry, Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary, EJ Foote Sanctuary, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Barung Landcare, flutterbies
Image: Pixabay via www.pexels.com - no attribution required



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Why? To be a part of the very first butterfly count on the Sunny Coast
When: Saturday 12 March to Sunday 20 March 2022 | Please see article for specific dates and times
Where: Sunshine Coast Region
Cost: BIG Butterfly Count is FREE, fees may apply to attend workshops - please see individual event links
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I the current circumstances, more zoom meetings would attract many more people.... nice article Elaine
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