Mating Eastern Tailed-Blue Butterflies.

Butterfly Count

Sat, Jul 7 , 2018
9:45 am - 2:00 pm

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

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Butterfly Count

The census will take place at the Arden Hills Army Training Site (AHATS) from 9:45 AM-2 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 there is a last minute change of date.


Be sure to bring plenty of cool drinks, snacks, and a bag lunch. A wide-brimmed hat, lightweight 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’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 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 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 recently installed gate is not in use yet, so you can just drive to the Readiness Center—the first building on the left after you enter the training site. Restrooms are available in the Readi-ness Center.