NABA’s Second Annual Memorial Day Counts

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The NABA Memorial Day Butterfly Count (in the United States) will be held May 26-28, 2018.

These counts will give butterfly enthusiasts throughout the continent an opportunity to get out and enjoy butterflies while contributing to our growing knowledge of butterfly distributions, flight times, and abundance.

In contrast to the highly organized NABA 4th of July and 1st of July Butterfly Counts, the Memorial Day Counts are free-form. All you need to do is to observe butterflies at one or more of your favorite butterflying localities (such as your own backyard) this coming Memorial Day weekend and note what butterflies you’ve seen. There are no requirements regarding how much time or area you cover. Then go to the NABA Recent Sightings web site, sightings.naba.org, sign up for a free account and enter your sightings, filling in the location, date, and butterflies seen.

Because these counts will be taking place during a very different time of year than do the 4th of July and 1st of July counts, we can expect to see different populations of butterflies than those present for the July counts. Because the approach is different, maybe we’ll also see different populations of counters!

We hope that literally thousands of enthusiasts will have a great time outside and contribute to our knowledge of butterfly populations across the continent.

As a thank you, from NABA to you, for your interest in butterflies, NABA is offering a free trial membership in the North American Butterfly Association. Click here to enroll in your free trial membership!

Count Season begins: 13th Annual Cottonwood count at Joshua Tree National Park

Saturday, March 24th from 8-5 is the 13th Annual Cottonwood Area count! Meet up at Joshua Tree National Park’s Cottonwood Visitor Center, dressed for a day in the field (bring lunch, water, and sunscreen. Also helpful are binoculars, field guides, and cameras (your friendly count report editor needs your best count photos!).

It’s $3.00 per participant (for NABA count administration). If you are interested in joining us, please RSVP to Joe  Zarki 760-366-8913 (h), or Marilyn Lutz 760-367-5681 (w) or by email at: lutzarki1@verizon.net

 

(Photo by Robb Hannawacker, while working for Joshua Tree National Park)

Counts: Tallahassee NABA Butterfly Count, Saturday July 29th

Tallahassee NABA Butterfly Count – Saturday, July 29, 2017

NOTE: You must sign-up ahead of time to participate in this event.

Participants are needed for the 14th annual Tallahassee NABA Butterfly Count to be held on Saturday, July 29th. David Harder will again be our Count Leader for this effort. The Count is conducted in a 15-mile diameter circle centered in western Tallahassee near Florida State University. We find and identify as many butterflies as we can within the circle.

We plan to have four parties (North, South, East and West). North mainly covers Phipps Park and Miller Landing; South does Munson Hills and Black Swamp; East does Miccosukee Greenway, Lafayette Park, and the IFAS Gardens; and West does Fred George Greenway and portions of Lake Talquin State Forest.

We see between 40 and 50 species of butterflies on the count day, and each team usually finds a few species that are not duplicated by the other teams. You can come for part or all of the day. We will compile our results at a local restaurant in the late afternoon or early evening (celebrating the great finds, bemoaning the misses and comparing results to previous years). You do not need to be an expert at identifying all the butterfly species in order to participate.

Please contact Dave McElveen at d.mcelveen@comcast.net or (850) 841-0899 if you wish to join us for the Count. If you have a Team preference, please let Dave know and we’ll try to accommodate you. Our Count Leader, David Harder will make final assignments based on preference and need. You will be contacted by your party leader about where and when to meet on the Count Day.

For more events from NABA-Hairstreak: http://www.naba-hairstreak.com/uploads/5/9/2/3/59239337/2017_calendar.pdf