Butterfly Count Announcement: Saturday, July 9, 2022
Our annual Butterfly Census will again take place on the first Saturday after July 4. We hope you will join us on Saturday, July 9 for this great citizen science project.
The count will again take place at the Arden Hills Army Training Site (AHATS) from 9:45 am to 2:00 pm. Great news: Dean Hansen, our amazing and entertaining butterfly expert, will again be our expert leader. A map and information packet will be mailed to registered participants the week before the count. Registrants will be contacted if weather causes a last minute change of plans.
How to register:
Contact Dorothy Waltz at 651-917-0930 or [email protected] for more information or to register, no later than Tuesday, July 5. Saint Paul Audubon pays the NABA Census fees, so this count is free for all participants.
Here are Saint Paul Audubon’s guidelines for field trips this year:
- All participants are expected to be fully vaccinated and boosted (if timing indicates) for COVID-19.
- All participants must follow social distancing guidelines.
- Masks are optional but welcome.
- An insurance liability waiver must be signed by each participant at the start of the event.
How to get there:
Registered participants will meet in the parking lot at the AHATS Arden Hills Readiness Center, 4761 Hamline Avenue North, just north of Highway 96. Drive through the AHATS gate to the Readiness Center, the first building on the left after you enter the training site. Restrooms are available in the Readiness Center.
During the count:
We will carpool to the various sites. Mary Lee, the Environmental Protection Specialist for the National Guard, will again be our great host and tour leader.
Useful Information to Help You Prepare:
www.naba.org The official website of the North American Butterfly Association. Find everything to do with these beloved insects: Membership options, magazine PDFs, gardening information, checklists, regional information, beautiful photos. A great source of information about butterflies.
www.wisconsinbutterflies.org An excellent site, up-to-date data of sightings all across Wisconsin, but centered mainly in the SW part of the state. GREAT photos and information about life cycles, etc.
Recommended Butterfly Field Guide:
Butterflies through Binoculars: The East, A Field Guide to the Butterflies of Eastern North America by Jeffrey Glassberg. Used copies are frequently found at used bookstores or websites.
For online identification guides, type ‘butterfly identification’ into your computer browser. There are several online apps for your cell phone, iPad, or laptop.
What to Bring and Wear:
Be sure to bring plenty of cool drinks, snacks, and a bag lunch. A wide-brimmed hat, lightweight long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt (for protection from Deer Ticks, sun, and sharp grasses), sunscreen, high socks, old sneakers or rubber boots for bog-tromping, and insect repellent are recommended. You’ll want to bring binoculars, a camera, a butterfly field guide, and a butterfly net. We’ll have some extra butterfly nets and butterfly identification sheets.
There are also many interesting summer birds at AHATS, so you may also wish to bring a bird field guide. We are fortunate that Ellen Lowery will be joining us to identify and count the bird species seen and heard.