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Cascades Butterfly Project

Main Project Information
Goal Monitoring butterfly population responses to climate change.
Task 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 Rainier National Park.

How to Join

To get involved, contact Regina Rochefort:

Ideal Age Group Adults
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Several hours
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity On a hike
Tags butterflies, butterflies and months of north america, butterfly, butterfly transects, climate change, insect, national parks, national park service, photo-inventories, washington
Project Updated 08/05/2017