Help with the North American Butterfly Association’s annual Butterfly Count with a range of orientation and counting days in June and July (see below).
What is it? The North American Butterfly Association’s annual Butterfly Count is a survey where amateurs and experts go out into survey areas and identify and record all the butterflies they can in one day. Audubon coordinates the count in Rhode Island. How does it work? Participants contact me and I coordinate survey sites ahead of time. We try to work in teams—ideally, one to ID, one to record data and one to take digital photos. But some experts work alone or in pairs, and there are larger teams too. We team people up who want to work with others. We ask people to attend an orientation/butterfly ID workshop in the weeks before the count, and there we finalize teams and sites. The survey lasts for a day, but participants can choose how long they survey for. There is a $5 participation fee, which includes the orientation.
Do I have to know anything about butterflies? No. Beginners are welcome!
When is it? Orientations (you only have to attend one):
U.S. F&WS Kettle Pond Visitors’ Center, July 9, 7-8:30 pm
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, July 10, 7-8:30 pm
Butterfly Counts: Newport and Bristol County: Saturday, June 23Newport and Bristol County: Saturday,Kent, Providence, and Washington County: Saturday, July 14
Newport and Bristol County: Saturday,Kent, Providence, and Washington County: Saturday,The official hours of the survey are 9 am to 2 pm, but participants can survey for a longer or shorter length of time if they choose.
How do I register or get more information? Contact July Lewis, Policy Assistant, Audubon Society of Rhode Island: 401-949-5454 x 3044