Join us February 23 at 6:30pm for the first of three talks in this Environmental Speakers Series in partnership with Greenways Land Trust and the UVic Speakers Bureau!
At the end of the 19th century, Victoria was known worldwide as an important destination for butterfly observing, with nearly 60 species being marked as abundant and readily observable.
The mild climate and diversity of host and nectar plants on Southern Vancouver Island encouraged this diversity in butterfly species. However, pressures from urban development, increasing temperatures, and invasive species have led to a decrease in suitable habitat for many of these species, which are becoming increasingly harder to find on the Island nowadays. This presentation will provide an overview of the general history, biology, and distribution of butterfly species on Southern Vancouver Island, will address habitat requirements, and will provide recommendations on what we can do to encourage and attract butterflies in our cities and gardens.
Sonia Voicescu is a PhD student at the School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and an M.Sc. in Integrated Water Resources Management, both obtained from McGill University in Montreal. After being involved with the federal government for a few years in various projects ranging from environmental noise pollution to health policy and regulations, she moved to Victoria in 2016 to pursue a diploma in the Restoration of Natural Systems (RNS). Most of the material and research for this presentation originates from Sonia’s final project as part of her RNS program, where she studied the habitat requirements and foodplant needs of a local critically threatened butterfly species. Her current PhD research expands on her interests in ecological restoration, by examining how mountain ecosystems are changing due to climate factors and human management.