[ASC-list] Launch of Butterflies Australia Citizen Science Project

Michelle Neil michelle_neil at hotmail.com
Wed Oct 16 21:03:41 UTC 2019

Free Event!

Official launch of Australia's newest citizen science project, Butterflies Australia!

Where: The Shine Dome, Canberra ACT

When: 6:30 - 8:30pm Thursday 24th October 2019

Cost: Free (but do need to RSVP for catering purposes)

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Eventbrite - The Butterflies Australia Project - www.butterflies.org.au presents Butterflies Australia Official Launch - Thursday, October 24, 2019 at The Shine Dome, Acton, ACT. Find event and ticket information.

New project to track Australia’s butterflies takes flight

A first-of-its-kind citizen science project will put amateur butterfly-watchers at the forefront of research and conservation.The Butterflies Australia Project is being led by researchers at The Australian National University (ANU). Research Officer Chris Sanderson says while butterflies are one of our best known insect species, there’s a serious lack of scientific data about them.

‘Everyone loves butterflies, but there is still so much to learn about them,” he said.“Anyone who takes part in this project could be the person to make the next big discovery.”

The project will create a database of butterfly sightings in Australia.

“Butterflies are an excellent species to target, as they relatively large and easy to spot compared to other invertebrates,” Mr Sanderson said.“By collating both old and new sightings into a central database, and verifying it through a panel of experts, this project will allow for research and conservation work that is currently impossible. This is crucial - we’ve currently got 8 types of butterfly listed as threatened with extinction here in Australia, whereas experts believe as many as 38 species are potentially under threat.”

Anyone interested in taking part can download an app to help them get started.

The app will include a field guide with basic information about how to identify every species of butterfly found in Australia.

Where possible, there will also be photos of all the different forms and life stages of each species.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for people to get involved,” Mr Sanderson said.“We’ve got plenty of catching up to do. In the Atlas of Living Australia there are currently less than 250,000 records for butterflies, compared to 40 million for birds.”

The project will be officially launched on 24 October at Canberra’s Shine Dome.

The app is available for download on both iOS and Android.

The project team will also be conducting workshops around the country until May 2020. More information is available at www.butterflies.org.au and on the Butterflies Australia Facebook Page.

Would love to see lots of Aussie Sci Commers there!


Michelle Neil
Secretary & Social Media Moderator (Volunteer)
Australian Citizen Science Association
michelle_neil at hotmail.com
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