Do you know that insects make up more than half of the animal kingdom?
The Philippines has close to a 1000 kinds and some 360 of these kinds
are found nowhere else in the world.
Butterflies are not only important pollinators but are also
environmental indicators of a healthy environment. Their absence can
indicate that the air we breathe is polluted.
They are also part of the food chain. Many other animals, like birds,
feed on their larvae to survive. Most if not all, are threatened due to
the loss of their habitat. The destruction, especially of the
lower vegetation in our forest areas should stop.
Here is how you can help:
Keep them free! Don't
ever catch wildlife. They are an important
part of the ecosystem and their survival is ultimately ours as we
are all connected in the web of life! Instead, catch their image on
camera and not with a net. Appreciate their beauty without killing
Give them a home by
planting flowering plants that are rich in nectar! Observe their
habits. By watching, you learn!
Avoid pesticides and
fertilizers which will harm more than
help! Instead, make your own compost from kitchen
and garden waste. See how online at
Never over graze or burn
grasslands - this is the most harmful
since the undergrowth is home to millions of wildlife that
provides food for the rest of the food chain (remember that
humans are a part of that!). More than half of the living
things in the forest thrive in the grasslands!
Native is best! Propagate
Philippine plants because the local wildlife depend on local plants
for food. Most exotic plants are purely ornamental and can sometimes
eat away at others and reproduce faster killing the biodiversity and
uniqueness of our plant life (for example, the Lantana).
conservation! Lobby to reforest denuded areas and protect what
is remaining by writing the newspapers, joining environment clubs &
volunteering for conservation efforts.
Join clubs like the
Philippine Habitat Conservation Society or Butterfly Gardening Club
or Butterfly Watching Club and enjoy seeing more butterflies in our
part of the world!
philbutterflyhabitatconservation@ yahoogroups .com
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