Lights off for the bogong moths
– online event –
Our precious bogong moths have been getting lost on their migration to the mountains and they need your help!
Bogong moths are an important food source for the critically endangered mountain pygmy-possum (affectionately known as Burramys) and other insectivorous mammals and birds. These moths are only found seasonally at limited alpine locations in southern Australia. Bogong moths are considered an important food source for Taungurung people and have not been sighted at Lake Mountain Alpine Resort for at least two summers.
Each spring, mountain pygmy-possums wake up from their annual hibernation in the High Country, relying on the nutritious bogong moths to eat so they can raise their young. Alarmingly, bogong moth populations appear to have suffered a catastrophic decline in numbers over the past two years, which means there’s simply not enough food for these tiny possums to raise their joeys.
We need Australians to help find these moths and guide them to the possums!
Bogong moths normally migrate from Queensland, NSW and western Victoria towards a select location of alpine habitats. Sometimes they don’t reach the alpine areas, and one of the reasons scientists think this is happening is because bright lights from towns and cities may be luring and trapping the moths along their migration route.
Find out how to keep the bogong moths on track through reducing light pollution – join us for an online event in partnership with Zoos Victoria, Falls Creek, Mt Buller/Stirling, Mt Baw Baw and Lake Mountain alpine resorts.
When: Wednesday, 15 September
There will be fun facts for the kids, pictures, and videos to go with it, as well as some awesome info on the moth tracker app! Join us online via MS Teams to find out how you can help!