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Adventure Scientists: Backcountry Pollinator Survey

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Goal Gather data on butterflies in remote areas to guide conservation
Task Get into the backcountry and photograph butterflies and plants
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

In our Conserving Biodiversity: Pollinators project, Adventure Scientists has joined forces with the University of Arizona to establish the first large-scale backcountry dataset that identifies butterfly abundance, diversity, and distribution as well as host plant phases across remote portions of their ranges.

Volunteers navigate to specific areas of study using apps such as Gaia GPS. Once there, they use the iNaturalist app to upload photos of the butterflies and host plants that they observe.

Once the data is processed and compiled, public land managers can use it to inform decisions about prescribed burning, protection of threatened species, and forest planning.

How to Join

Choose to participate in either the Western U.S. or Global project and apply to volunteer here:

Project Timing For the Western U.S. project in Arizona, California, Utah, Montana, and Washington, end dates will vary according to weather in the mountains but we will plan to wrap up in October (with the exception of Southern Arizona which will continue through November). The Global project is open all year.
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Ideal Age Group College, Graduate students, Adults
Ideal Frequency Other
Average Time An hour or so
Tags backcountry, butterflies, conservation, pollinators, research, survey, wildflowers
Project Updated 08/14/2018