|Spend the time||outdoors|
|Location||Washington USA North Cascades National Park, Mount Rainier National Park|
|Appropriate for kids||no|
-vehicle - to get to hike location
-appropriate outdoor gear for subalpine hiking
Cascades Butterfly Project
|Monitoring butterfly population responses to climate change.|
|Hike scenic alpine meadows with scientists, identify butterflies|
We are monitoring butterfly population responses to climate change in North Cascades National Park and Mount Rainier National Park. Please join our effort.
Subalpine meadows in these two National Parks are expected to shrink dramatically due to the effects of climate change, but as of now, the rate and magnitude of this change is unknown. Butterflies make ideal indicator species because they are particularly sensitive to climatic changes, and are relatively easy to identify in the field by scientists and volunteers alike. Trained participants will hike to scenic alpine meadows and help scientists identify and count butterflies along the way.