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Annual Butterfly Count is Friday

Volunteers welcome to join in.

Posted: May 28, 2018 2:25 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve will conduct its Annual Butterfly Count on Friday, June 1st from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

It's part of the North American Butterfly Association (NABA)’s Butterfly Count, a citizen science event that celebrates the butterfly diversity of the continent.

Volunteers will gather local data by counting the number of butterflies and species within the count circle, centered on the Reserve ... at the far end of upper Bidwell Park.

The information will become part of a database that allows scientists to answer important questions about butterfly populations and biology in North America.

You can spend a day with the experts, learn about the butterflies and contribute to science at the same time. But organizers warn that some moderately strenuous walking may be involved.

If you go you should plan to wear sturdy hiking shoes, long-pants, bring food and water, and consider mosquito repellent, a hat, and sun-screen. Poison oak is prevalent.

A butterfly guide (the laminated fold out pocket guide Butterflies of Northern and Central California by Jim Brock is great for this area) and binoculars will also be helpful.

For more information, or to reserve a spot, contact Jon Aull at jaull@csuchico.edu
There is a $3 NABA participation fee.

For more information about the Reserve, visit the website here, and there is also information about the Butterfly Count on facebook at this link.

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