Event Contact: Sally Stein
People with an interest in our local butterflies are invited to join us on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 for Corkscrew's July NABA butterfly survey. You do not have to be an expert at butterfly identification to participate, in fact it is a great way to start learning the butterflies of the area. Amateurs and experts team up in this citizen science effort to identify and record all the butterflies they can within our count circle.
There is a $3 participation fee for all participants in NABA (North American Butterfly Association) counts.
An orientation workshop and walk before the count will help new participants learn more about local butterflies and how to identify commonly seen species. This seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, June 27, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m (noon) and will meet in the classroom of the Blair Center. It would also be a good refresher for those who have helped with the survey before. We will be in the classroom and outdoors for this workshop, so please dress for the weather and bring a waterbottle and binoculars if you have them.
Corkscrew's annual butterfly count is part of the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) butterfly surveys that are conducted across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Each NABA count circle is a 15 mile diameter circle, ours includes Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and part of Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (CREW) and the surrounding area. Every year approximately 450 North American butterfly counts, including about 60 Florida counts, are submitted to NABA whose annually published reports provide a tremendous amount of information about the geographical distribution and relative population sizes of the species counted.
Interested participants should contact Sally Stein, Corkscrew NABA Butterfly Compiler, for more information to help with the Corkscrew July NABA butterfly survey.