Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Where Are Our Butterflies?


Monarch Butterfly PRESS RELEASE

for immediate release

Where Are Our Butterflies?

Butterflies Conference Motivating Monarch Lovers

Up and down the country Monarch lovers are wondering what has happened to the big, bright orange butterflies this summer.

“We’ve heard from many Monarch lovers in Canterbury and Otago that the Monarchs haven’t returned this summer – and it’s something that’s got us baffled,” said Jacqui Knight, secretary of the Monarch Butterfly NZ Trust. “Is it climate change? Is it lack of host plants?”

“Everyone loves the Monarch,” she said. “And while some people are reporting good numbers there are more areas where few have been seen.”

She is confident that it will be a hot topic discussed at the conference being held in Auckland on 16 and 17 March. It won’t be only Monarchs that are discussed but some of New Zealand’s less visible species and ways they can be encouraged into an urban garden will be covered.

“I believe we’ve gathered the very best of speakers from this country as well as Australia and the USA,” she said. “For example, renowned lepidopterist Brian Patrick will identify New Zealand species – there’s not much he doesn’t know about NZ’s Lepidoptera.”

Geoff Davidson, founder of Oratia Native Plant Nursery, will speak on native plants for native butterflies and moths, and Queensland’s Professor Myron Zalucki will detail exactly what goes on in the milkweed patch, sustainable Monarch butterfly habitat.

Keynote speaker Associate Professor David G James comes from the north-west USA where he is instrumental in creating sustainable habitat in leading vineyards, reducing the need for chemical pesticide use.

“Butterfly and moth caterpillars make great food for birds and other wildlife so they should be an important part of any habitat restoration,” said Jacqui.

There's plenty more to enjoy. The programme, poster and registration form is on the website of the Monarch Butterfly New Zealand Trust, http://www.monarch.org.nz/monarch/projects/conference-2013/

This event is the first of its kind to ever be held in Auckland and is proving very popular.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Gold For RNZ: Muslim Post-9/11 Series, Kim Hill Win In New York

The Radio New Zealand podcast series Public Enemy has won a gold award for excellence for its presenter, Mohamed Hassan, at the prestigious New York Festival Radio Awards announced in Manhattan today. RNZ National’s Saturday Morning host, Kim Hill, also received a gold award for Best Radio Personality. More>>

Human Rights Commission: Give Nothing To Racism

A campaign urging New Zealanders to give nothing to racism and refuse to spread intolerance has been launched by some of the country’s most well-known people. More>>

Louis Vuitton Series Win: Emirates Team NZ Will Challenge For The America’s Cup

By beating Artemis 5-2 they now take on Oracle Team USA in the America’s Cup match starting next weekend. More>>

ALSO:

Monterey: Rodger Fox Big Band Invited To Celebrated Festival

The Rodger Fox Big Band has received an invitation to perform at the 2017 Monterey 60th Anniversary Jazz Festival in the USA in September of this year. More>>

AntARTica: Scientist’s Painting Discovered In Antarctic Hut

The New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust has discovered an almost perfectly preserved 118 year old watercolour painting among penguin-excrement, dust and mould covered papers found in an historic hut at Cape Adare, Antarctica. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Set In Stone

Tthere are over a thousand public war memorials scattered around the country, commemorating over 30,000 New Zealanders who have died in wartime, and most of whom are buried overseas. More>>>More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland