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Volunteers Needed for Butterfly Count

The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) needs Richmond area citizen scientists to help track local butterflies on July 12th. Join volunteers in the United States, Canada, and parts of Mexico to conduct a one-day census of all butterflies sighted within a particular area. The data collected will be compiled and published in order to provide information to scientists and environmentalists about the geographical distribution and population sizes of the species counted.

Richmond’s Count areas include: James River Park (Reedy Creek, Belle Isle, Pony Pasture and Wetlands), Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Maymont Park, Powhite Park, Rockwood Park, Pump House Park.

If you would like to participate, contact James Shelton, compiler at James_Shelton32@yahoo.com. Photographers are also invited to participate to document butterflies for later identification.

You may also register for the Butterfly Count via Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden at Citizen Science Program NABA Butterfly Count.

Want to know what our Citizen Scientists discover? Check out the North American Butterfly Association’s count map here.

For more Butterfly information check out these resources: