What: A statewide citizen science project to observe and count butterflies.
Who: Butterfly Pavilion’s Science and Conservation Branch started this project in 2013. Volunteers from all over the state participate.
Where: Open spaces and parks in Colorado
When: May 15th – September 30th of each year
Why: To provide long-term data that land managers can use when making conservation decisions and to raise awareness about Colorado butterflies and their habitats.
Butterfly Pavilion has joined 10 other states and regions from around the country in using citizen science to monitor the trends and fluctuations of butterfly populations. The summer of 2013 was the pilot year for this project, which was modeled after the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network. In 2014 Butterfly Pavilion dramatically expanded the number of sites, from 9 locations to over 50, and the number of citizen scientists, from 8 volunteers to over 60.
Are you interested in getting involved and becoming a Citizen Scientist? Please contact our Lepidopterist, Sarah Garrett, at firstname.lastname@example.org or our Horticulture Director, Amy Yagrger, at email@example.com.
2016 Colorado Butterfly Monitoring Training:
April 24th 9:00am-4:00pm
April 27th 9:00am-4:00pm