Event Contact: Sally Stein
People with an interest in our local butterflies are invited to join us on July 12, 2023 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for Corkscrew's Summer NABA butterfly survey. You do not have to be an expert at butterfly identification to participate: in fact, it is a great way to learn about the butterflies of the area. Amateurs and experienced team members join forces in this citizen science effort to identify and record all the butterflies they can within our count circle. We will meet in the classroom of the Blair Center. Our backup day, in case of bad weather on the 12th will be July 19.
There is a $3 participation fee for all participants in NABA (North American Butterfly Association) counts.
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.
A Butterfly Orientation Workshop and Field Excursion before the count will help new participants learn more about local butterflies and how to identify commonly seen species. This seminar is scheduled for May 24 and June 26, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m each of these days, and will meet in the classroom of the Blair Center. Participants must Pre-register for the Workshop and Walk as space is limited in each one.