Monarch BUtterfly

Butterfly Count July 7, 2018

Fri, Jul 7 , 2017
9:45 am - 2:00 pm

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

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The 2018 Butterfly Census will take place at the Arden Hills Army Training Site (AHATS).   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 there is 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, light-weight long pants, a long-sleeved shirt (for protection from both sun and sharp grasses), sunscreen, high socks, old sneakers or rubber boots for bog-tromping, and insect repellent are recommended. You may want to bring a camera, a butterfly field guide, and a butterfly net. There is quite an interesting bird list for AHATS; you may also wish to bring binoculars and a bird field guide.


Contact Dorothy Waltz at 651 917 0930 or for more information or to register, no later than Sunday, July 1. Saint Paul Audubon pays the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) census fee, so this count is free to all.


Come prepared to carpool with others. Registered participants will meet in the parking lot at the Arden Hills Readiness Center, 4761 Hamline Avenue North (just north of Highway 96). The unmanned gate has a button marked “AHATS” that must be pushed for access. We will CARPOOL to the sites. Restrooms are available between counts.

Useful Information to Help you Prepare  The official website of the North American Butterfly Association. Find everything to do with these beloved insects: Membership options, magazine PDF’s, gardening information, checklists, regional information, checklists, regional information, beautiful photos… A very great source of information about butterflies.  A very good 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.  A blog mainly about nature photography. There are some great photos of butterflies!   Another nationwide source for recent distribution data is the original United States Geological Society (USGS) site, now maintained in Montana.

For 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.


Dean Hansen has been and will be our leader.