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Bird and Butterfly Rally

The flying flowers of QSBG

QSBG Entomology in collaboration with the Lanna Bird and Nature Conservation Club (LBNCC) of Chiang Mai recently (March 1, 2015) organised and hosted a Bird and Butterfly Rally at QSBG where members of the LBNCC and friends spent a morning in QSBG looking at and learning about the Birds and Butterflies of QSBG.

The event was organized to help mark the United Nations World Wildlife Day. The event was a tremendous success with nearly eighty people joining in and fun being had by young and old.

The day stated early with most people arriving at QSBG's visitor center before 0700hs where a Garuga tree was in full bloom with many birds being seen visiting the flowers or hunting insects around the flowers. As well as the welcome birds the coffee shop opening at 0800 was also especially welcome by some!

After a few hours observing the many birds seen around the visitor centre, flowering tree and along the nearby steam the group made their way to the "Banana Avenue" where a Pin-tailed Parrotfinch was seen and a new record for QSBG with a total of 36 bird species being seen.



Children looking at birds with telescopes
Despite the cold and early start all were keen to get their eyes on the birds
All eyes on a Scarlet Minivet that put on a show for us
All eyes on a Scarlet Minivet that put on a show for us
Taking notes with the QSBG bird brochure made for the occasion
Taking notes with the QSBG bird brochure made for the occasion

On returning from the walk to "Banana Avenue" around mid-morning everyone was keen for a break, coffee and drinks before heading off in search of butterflies - which had now had a chance to warm up and become active - though many Delias (Jezebels) and a few Troides (Birdwings) had even been seen active from the start of the day.

During the break children were given an activity and games book to keep them occupied while their parents prepared for the butterfly walk.

Taking a break between the bird watching with drinks, snacks and games for children before heading off in search of butterflies
Taking a break between the bird watching with drinks, snacks and games for children before heading off in search of butterflies

Just before 1100hs we headed off with Pui (QE Entomologist working on butterflies) leading a crowd of children, with parents in tow, in search of butterflies. It was not long before we were encountering many butterflies near the stream and among the fig garden, in total we saw more than 20 species (about 20% of the species know from QSBG)

Pui (QE butterfly team) leading the group off in search of butterflies
Pui leading the group off in search of butterflies
Most of the day was
Most of the day was "looking and learning" but for some the highlight was getting to swing a net themselves! (all butterflies were released)

Well after noon we completed the walk returning to the QSBG visitor center where we enjoyed a cold drink (the day was warm now!), Chaweewan (consulting Entomologist to QE) presented some slides and talked about some other species of butterflies found in QSBG, prizes were given to children after testing what they'd learnt from the day.

There was also suggestion and a discussion that we should have another BBR soon! QSBG Entomology was not able to offer another BBR in the near future but are considering offering them as a regular activity during the coming peak tourist season at QSBG (Nov-Feb). We are also planning to have a "QSBG Night Safari" along the same lines as BBR ... coming soon!

Khun Madeaw Butterfly slide show
Some members of the team (Madeaw from LBNCC), "Nong Poly" showing the way, and Chaweewan showing some "bonus" butterflies
Group photo taken at the close of the very successful first QSBG Bird and Butterfly Rally

The great success of BBR is the result of the support and hard work of many. Thanks to:

  • Khun Madeaw, the team and members of the LBNCC who helped organize and eagerly participated in QSBG's first Bird and Butterfly Rally.
  • the Foundation for Environmental Education for Sustainable Development (FEED) for their assistance in the production of documents prepared especially for the day (several butterfly brochures, a bird brochure, children's booklet).
  • the QSBG Public Education and PR teams for their support and assistance with the event.
  • the QE team, especially the butterfly team (Pui, Boy and Robert) who put in many months of preparatory work to ensure BBR's success, special thanks also to Air who spent many hours putting finishing touches to the documentation
  • Chaweewan (consulting entomologist to QE) for her help with many aspects of BBR from supporting initial concept, through seeking FEED's assistance, to her work on the day attempting to corral children and presenting some general information about butterflies to close the day.
  • Dr Suyanee (BGO director general) for her support for the event which started the moment the idea was first suggested.
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