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Photo: Kalamazoo Nature Center
Participation fee $0
Expenses $0
Spend the time outdoors
Location Michigan
Appropriate for kids yes
Teaching materials no


Required Gear:

Citizen scientist butterfly monitors need to be inquisitive, enjoy being outdoors, and able to volunteer their time and energy!

Butterfly monitors will:

- Attend training sessions to learn standardized protocol and common butterfly species and gain field identification skills

- Choose and map a site within their community to survey

- Conduct six surveys of their site throughout the summer (June-August)

- Submit data to the MiBN

Gear: butterfly identification field guide, butterfly net, and binoculars.


Michigan Butterfly Network


Assess changing population of Michigan's butterfly species.
Map butterflies within your community.

The Michigan Butterfly Network (MiBN) is a citizen-science project that seeks to assess the changing population status of our state’s butterfly species, evaluate the quality of Michigan ecosystems, and engage the Michigan public in significant citizen science research. The project was started in 2011 by the Kalamazoo Nature Center, and has grown to include several collaborating institutions and over 30 monitoring sites across the state.

We are actively looking for new partnerships and volunteers across the state in order to expand and grow the network. We welcome engagement in the project - Please contact us!




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