South Australia Inc.
The Wood White - Photo R. Grund
Australian Admiral - Photo R. Fisher
There are many threatened and rare
Lepidoptera needing protection in South
Australia. They include many of our
blues and skippers. Their main food
plants are sedges, native grasses and
mistletoe. These are disappearing due to
clearing and loss of biodiversity from the
pressure of human impacts.
BCSA Inc. was set up in 1998 to increase awareness of the significant
disappearance of South Australian butterflies. The group works closely
with the SA Museum and is committed to the conservation of butterflies in
this state. A campaign strategy for the next three years, 2005 to 2007, is
currently in the developmental stage. An extract from the 2005 January
Newsletter gives an outline of the planning to date, and is included in the
"Articles" page in this website.
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
|The BCSA logo which appears in the heading of each page of this website is an original drawing of the Wood White butterfly by Charles McCubbin. It was depicted on the Australia Post 1983 Australian Butterfly 60cent postage stamp. We obtained copyright clearance from Charles McCubbin on 21st May, 1999. This logo is also used as background for this page and for the Membership page. For an example of this and of other Australian butterflies on Australia Post stamps please see the "Articles" page.|
WHERE HAVE ALL THE BUTTERFLIES GONE?
The SA Museum has devoted a part of its website to this question and is a must for a visit. The aim is to stimulate interest in butterflies and to spread information about their habitat needs and other requirements for their survival. It provides information sheets and activity sheets which can form the basis for projects for children in, or indeed out of, school, all designed to raise the awarenes of habitat and the part it plays in species survival. The site can be accessed by clicking on
"Butterfly Watch" has been added to this website and is now online. This project seeks information from the general public on: What nectar plants the adult butterflies are feeding on? and Where are the butterflies? It is hoped "Butterfly Watch" will raise awareness of butterflies and information gathered will be collated and used by a group of Flinders University students who are currently working on several associated programs. For a direct link click here.
"LEARNING QUESTS" FOR STUDENTS
About 6 years ago Jackie Miers, the East District's eTeacher for the South Australian Education Department, developed 3 major learning resources [Learning Quests] for students on butterflies. These are published on her website and were upgraded about 2 years ago. Each of the learning resources consist of 10 activities that students can do related to the particular topic. There are 30 topics altogether with links to web resources, including websites, video footage, images, interactives, etc. While not specifically concerned with conservation they are well worth dropping in for a visit. The three "quests" links are:
OR click here for "Teachers Resources"