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Updated 08/07/2016
Participation fee $0
Expenses $0
Spend the time outdoors
Location anywhere
Appropriate for kids no
Teaching materials no

Required Gear:

-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

Butterflies are sensitive indicators of climate change because temperature influences the timing of an individual's life cycle and the geographic distribution of a species. Six protected areas in the Cascade Mountains are establishing a program to monitor butterflies to learn how climate is affecting the populations. These include four sites in Washington state: North Cascades National Park, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Okanagan-Wenatchee National Forest, and Mount Ranier National Park. The project is also active in two areas of British Columbia: Skagit and Manning Provincial Parks.

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