Brief summary of the Project
This project aims to encourage students and the public to get to know butterflies closer. Many people appreciate butterflies but most of the time this appreciation ends there. We would like to elevate awareness of young people and the public by bringing it towards the middle. If we take closely at the campaigns or activities in conserving or protecting butterflies, the focus is very much on a primary level (Kindergarten and school children) or in the field of Science at the university level. Everything becomes very academic that many can no longer relate. It is very seldom that the roles of butterfly in ecology or biodiversity and in other field of science are being discussed in the middle school or high school. It butterflies are being discussed in the middle school, discussions start and end in the anatomy of butterfly. Other traits of butterflies which could be very interesting are not being give enough attention and credit. Most of the campaigns center on animals which are near extinction such as Tigers, Whales and the likes. Butterfliies around the world are disappearing in an alarming rate but it do not get as much attention as other animals. As the recent report says, almost a third of the butterflies in Europe are in decline and one in ten is threatend with extinction. This project believes that the increase , decrease and the extinction of the butterfly population is influenced or closely related to the decline or non-availability of their host plants .
Rationale of the Project We thought of the project due to the fact that most of the students are no longer aware of butterflies in their respective countries. Many, if not all, could no longer name a a butterfly they see in their garden, in parks, in the forest or along the road. The extinction of these species are not being given equal attention compared to other animals which are considered endangered. Most of us are no longer aware as to their importance and roles in the eco system.
We believe that only when the students and the general public get to understand butterflies then there is a better chance to encourage them to contribute something for the conservation and protection of these creatures.
Asian and European students and teachers are expected to come up with the following:
To come up with a catalogue of local butterflies found in the country of the project members. The butterflies must be identified with their local, Latin and English names.
To come up with the catalogue of butterfly host plants of the above mentioned butterflies. The host plants must be identified with their local, Latin and English names.
To research on the existing laws in their country (local and national level) as to butterfly conservation and protection.
To research on the existing programs or campaign in their own country (local and national level) as to raising the awareness of the public as to the conservation and protection of butterflies
1. To contribute articles on butterfly facts. Students are free to blog any topic of their interest as long as it concerns butterflies.
2. To create a garden in the school which would serve as a Butterfly Host Plant Library for the students. This would help to raise awareness on Butterfly Conservation and protection.
3. To contribute articles pertaining to Butterfly and Arts.