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Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network

Main Project Information
Goal No Goal was listed but it’s probably amazing
Task No Task was listed but it’s probably doable
Where Illinois United States
Description

The Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network is a citizen-scientist program that monitors the health of butterfly populations throughout northeastern and central Illinois.

Each summer, trained volunteers collect and submit butterfly data from an assigned site. Volunteers commit to conducting at least six site visits between June 1 and August 7, completing four of them before July 20. During the first year they volunteers, participants learn to identify 25 different butterfly species, and they learn another 25 species the second year.

Through analysis of the extensive database generated by citizen scientists, populations trends of species throughout the Chicagoland area are starting to emerge. These results will assist land managers in more effective conservation of the state's butterflies.

Many important sites do not yet have butterfly monitors, and project coordinators continue to look for more volunteers. Join the fun!

How to Join

To join the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network, please fill out the short application form at http://www.bfly.org/cgi-bin/contact/released/application.html

The project's monitoring guidelines can be found at http://www.bfly.org/monitoring_guidelines_summary.html

Website http://www.bfly.org/
Required Gear

Butterfly net, camera, and field reporting forms. (Forms can be found at http://www.bfly.org/field_form.pdf).

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity On a walk, run, On a hike
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags butterflies, butterflies and months of north america, butterfly
Project Updated 05/23/2018