#followapollo with citizen science

For the project to be successful, it is essential that we know exactly where the Apollo butterfly is in our project countries Austria, Poland and the Czech Republic and also where suitable habitats would be for it. Since many eyes see better than only those of the project team, it’s your turn now.

Help us to collect data about the Apollo butterfly and its feeding plants!

Where to look for the Apollo butterfly

Parnassius apollo is a butterfly of the temperate climate zone, a typical mountain species that prefers the meadows and pastures of the mountains of continental Europe and Asia. Usually, it occurs at relatively high altitudes (from 400 to 2300 m above sea level).

Feeding plants to scout

What to do with your observation

Take a photo and join our project on iNauralist – just search for LIFE Citizen Science for Parnassius apollo and enter your observation there. This way we can collect all data from all observers in the three countries in one place, which will make it easier for us to evaluate.

Thank you for your valuable contribution!

What is Citizen science?

Citizen science is the practice of public participation and collaboration in scientific research to increase scientific knowledge. Through citizen science, people can participate in many stages of the scientific process, from the design of the research question to data collection and volunteer mapping, data interpretation and analysis, and publication and dissemination of results.

Despite the fact that citizen science is a relatively new term, people have been participating and contributing to scientific research for years. The widespread availability of the Internet and the rapid development of smartphones made it easier to share and contribute information. Armed with phones that have built-in GPS receivers people can provide geo-location information about species or situations in real-time. Thus new networks and communities of interested citizen scientists are created each day to learn more about the world and how we can contribute to understanding it.

#followapollo and the efforts of our team! Combined skills in breeding, conservation of habitats, research, environmental education, and project management constitute a great combination for the success of our LIFE project

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