Cascades Butterfly Project
|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: Regina_Rochefort@nps.gov.
|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|
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