Dance of the Duskywing: A Butterfly on the Brink

This film is part of a series of nine Wilderness Committee-produced films on BC's Species at Risk.

This film tells the story of the Propertius Duskywing butterfly (Erynnis propertius), one of over 100 rare and endangered species that rely on the Garry Oak ecosystem for their survival.

The Garry Oak habitat is one of the rarest ecosystems in Canada. Due to land development for agricultural, industrial and urban uses, less than five per cent of the original Garry oak habitat now remains intact in BC. Remaining sites are also threatened by invasions of exotic species, particularly plants, and fire suppression.

For this piece,we followed BC Butterfly Atlas Coordinator Patrick Lilley to track down the Propertius Duskywing during the peak of the flight season.

Video directed by Mike McKinlay, Isabelle Groc, and George Faulkner
Research, Story, and Interview: Isabelle Groc 
Cinematography, Editing, and Music: George Faulkner 

This project would not have been possible without the support of the Vancouver Foundation.

« Prev: Best Of Wild@Art: Children celebrate BC’s Endangered Wildlife at the Elliott Louis Gallery   |   All Videos   |   Next: Precious Frog: Symbol of a Vanishing Wetland »