Danish Butterfly Atlas
The Danish Butterfly Atlas, www.sommerfugleatlas.dk, is a national online atlas aimed at mapping the distribution of butterfly species in Denmark. One function of the atlas is to distribute existing data based on the collections of the Natural History Museum, Aarhus, but the public is also encouraged to collect specimens of non-endangered insect species (not just butterflies) for the museum's collections.
Using an app for mobile devices (the NaturbasenApp), members of the public can upload precisely georeferenced observations of butterflies and other Danish insect species, which are then displayed on an interactive map.
Uploads made to the fugleognatur.dk website are also linked to the atlas. Some species are even identified by the public in an online forum.
The Natural History Museum, Aarhus focused on butterflies because they are an excellent general indicator of the state of nature. As soon as the great demands butterflies put on their habitat are altered, the species can become endangered and hence indicate a change in nature that can serve as a warning.
The project enables the development of the collection and emphasises its importance to society through engagement with the public.
Find the Danish Butterfly Atlas and other examples in NEMO's publication "Museums' 4 Values - Values 4 Museums"!
Please note that in the printed publication the Statens Naturhistoriske Museum is falsy indicated as the main initiator of this project. It is in fact the Natural History Museum, Aarhus. We apologize for the false information.