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Chicago Park District Butterfly Monitoring Program

Main Project Information
Goal Help monitors the health of butterfly populations in Chicago.
Task Visit Chicago nature areas 6 times and identify butterflies.
Where Chicago, Illinois United States

The Chicago Park District Butterfly Monitoring Program is a citizen-scientist project that monitors the health of butterfly populations in Chicago Park District nature areas.

Volunteers will:

- learn to identify common butterflies likely to be found in our park system

- conduct at least six site visits between June and early August

- spend 20 to 30 minutes walking the route during each visit

- submit data sheets at the end of the season, which are then added to the butterfly database

- attend a butterfly monitoring workshop held in the spring

Through analysis of the extensive database generated by citizen scientists, researchers are able to gain a greater knowledge of the butterfly species present in the Chicago park system. These results will assist land managers in more effective conservation of the city's butterflies.

How to Join

For information on how to join, please contact the Volunteer Stewardship Coordinator at (312) 742-4072.

Required Gear

The Chicago Park District will provide tools and supplies. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own gloves.

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
Tags chicago
Project Updated 04/22/2017