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Butterfly Count 2019

Sat, Jul 13 , 2019
9:45 am - 2:00 pm

AHATS Readiness Center
Hamline Ave & Ben Franklin St,
Arden Hills, MN 55112

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Butterfly Count takes place Saturday, July 13, 2019

We hope you’ll join us for this great citizen science project.

The census will again take place at the Arden Hills Army Training Site (AHATS) from 9:45 am – 2:00 pm. Dean Hansen, our amazing and entertaining butterfly expert, will again be our expert leader. Because of land-use controls, no one under age 18 may participate. 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 date.

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. There is quite an interesting bird list for AHATS, so you may also wish to bring a bird field guide. We’ll have some extra butterfly nets and butterfly identification sheets.


Contact Dorothy Waltz at 651- 917-0930 or waltz.ds@yahoo.com for more information or to register, no later than Tuesday, July 9th. Saint Paul Audubon pays the NABA Census fees, so this count is free to all.


Come prepared to carpool with others. Registered participants will meet in the parking lot at the AHATS Arden Hills Readiness Center, 4761 Hamline Avenue N. (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. We will carpool to the various sites.

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.

ecobirder.blogspot.com A blog mainly about nature photography. There are several great photos of butterflies!

butterfliesandmoths.org  Another nationwide source for recent distribution data is the original United States Geological Society (USGS) site, now maintained in Montana.

Recommended Butterfly Field Guides:

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.

Butterflies of North America (Kaufman Focus Guides) Hardcover or Paperback – October 17, 2002, by James P. Brock  (Author), Kenn Kaufman  (Author and photographer)

For other books, go to your local library!! Or, type ‘butterfly’ into your browser. The list seems endless, whether you wish to focus on field guides, data-gathering, children’s books, caterpillar ID, life cycles, gardening and plant lists, or read both fiction and non-fiction stories about enthusiasts and researchers.