oil on canvas
59.50 x 59.50
initialled ‘W’ l.r.
Note: Every summer for tens of thousands of years, first Australians traveled hundreds of kilometers to meet in the high country of our Alpine regions. At the same time millions of Bogong moths migrated from the central and southwest plains of NSW to rest over the warmer weather in the cracks and tors of the Alps. The moths would be smoked out of hiding and provide a nutritious food source for the Aboriginal people.
In the summer of 2017–2018 scientists discovered that the number of moths was in steep decline, but the summer of 2018¬–2019 revealed an even more astonishing drop in the numbers. Scientists have suggested climate change and the recent droughts in moth breeding grounds as possible causes of the dramatic decline. Dr Ken Green, an alpine ecologist with the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service, has said “They haven’t just declined. They’ve gone.”
Dr Joelle Gergis, April 2019