National Moth Week 2021; July 17th-25th

National Moth Week celebrates the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths.

“Moth-ers” of all ages and abilities are encouraged to learn about, observe, and document moths in their backyards, parks, and neighbourhoods.

National Moth Week is being held, worldwide, during the last full week of July. NMW offers everyone, everywhere, a unique opportunity to become a Citizen Scientist and contribute scientific data about moths. Through partnerships with major online biological data depositories, NMW participants can help map moth distribution and provide needed information on other life history aspects around the globe.

Whilst in Asia, India and Hong Kong have been long associated with NMW, much of the rest of Asia has been poorly represented. Can you help change that??
If so, please try to organise and register a mothing event for NMW to take place over the week of 17th to 25th July 2021.

Even better - can you coordinate your country's NMW?
NMW is looking for country coordinators to help facilitate Asian and global awareness of moths and their ecological significance. If you think you can help, or would like to collaborate with NMW, please contact the NMW team.

Many thanks and happy (& covid-safe) mothing.

Posted on Μάιος 24, 2021 1240 ΜΜ by hkmoths hkmoths


National Moth Week 2021; July 17th-25th - Calling for volunteer moth-ers to register events

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Dear Moth-ers,

National Moth Week
is seeking volunteer moth-ers to register and run mothing events for NMW throughout the World and get Homo sapiens to wake up.

Too much politics is never a good thing. Us moth-ers have to be pragmatic about politics - can't please everyone all the time. Always going to get some stick in the muds who want the field to themselves. However, as we (Homo sapiens) are part of nature, we (moth-ers, as responsible citizens) must do what we can to get the rest of so-called civilisation not just aware of, but participating in real life - not the corporate smash and grab greed of consumerism. Those who chose to ignore this problem (see Mackinnon, 1992: Avenues of Futility in Conservation) are complicit in our demise.

If you are able to run a moth evening as a private or public event, to raise awareness about humanity's mis-use of the only planet around that supports life (and upon which we depend), please register the event with NMW as soon as possible.

If you are in a position to co-ordinate you country (or region if it's a big country) NMW, or know of someone able to take on the role of co-ordinator, please get in touch with the NMW team via the contacts page of the NMW website.

Many thanks,
Dr. Roger Kendrick (@hkmoths)
NMW co-ordinator for Hong Kong
Member, NMW Science Advisory Board
Founder, Asian Lepidoptera Conservation Symposium
Admin: Moths of Asia Project on iNaturalist

Country coordinator.....
Here in Hong Kong, we are a small band of people in a small area - just a little over 1,100 km2.
I have used the network of people I've built up to create interest in NMW here, to the extent that half a dozen people can be asked to help out and I usually get at least 2 volunteers to help with field work. That might not sound like much, but it makes a big difference. So running at least one event for NMW is managable. Getting people involved is the key - and reaching out to people needs some media skills, so making use of NMW's core volunteers to help with flyers and advertising is critical - get onto facebook, twitter, local media and let people know about NMW in your native language.
1st step is to get as many moth-ers involved as possible. Could be private events, or public if the event organiser can manage..... I don't know what the legal situation is regarding health & safety and public indemnity insurance - this is a limiting factor in many parts of the world (and is why my events are "private") - a country coordinator needs to be aware of this situation.
2nd step is to get people to sign up to run an event for NMW. need to be able to contact / communicate with (i) existing moth-ers; (ii) media and (iii) encourage people to connect with nature through participation in NMW, either going to an arranged event, or to get people to look at lit walls at night and document..... Probably one of the key communication roles is translation from English to the native language(s) of a country. The iNat portal is a major benefit for getting and keeping people involved.
3rd step (actually is mostly preparation, before each NMW) - being in touch through e-mail and Zoom with the NMW co-ordinators and country coordinators, so as to be on the same wavelegnth regarding each year's content.
For example, this year I am prepping a series of video shorts that cover some of the key points about moths - what they are, their ecology, why they are important..... and it would up to country coordinators to do an audio translation and narration for their country.

My time spent as a volunteer for NMW is in the region of 100 hours per annum (including two field sessions)

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