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Train to survey for rare butterflies

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A monarch butterfly rests on purple coneflower in a backyard garden in Lincoln in Lancaster County. Fowler, June 30, 2014. Copyright NEBRASKAland Magazine, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Help document rare butterflies across Nebraska by getting trained to monitor for regal fritillaries and monarchs at one of three upcoming events.

Trainings for the community science effort are:

  • May 21: 1-5 p.m. at Schramm Park State Recreation Area, 21502 W. Highway 31, Gretna
  • May 26: 1-5 p.m. via Zoom
  • June 4: 1-5 p.m. at Homestead National Historical Park, 8523 NE-4, Beatrice

Register to attend one of the trainings through their event listings at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Only one training session is required to survey.

The first hour of the training sessions will be dedicated to gaining general information on monarchs, regal fritillaries, common plants and other community science opportunities; anyone is welcome. Those wanting to survey for the butterflies will learn about survey methods during the remaining time.

The effort to monitor populations of monarchs and regal fritillaries across their range began in Nebraska in 2015. The goal is to better understand them in order to provide more effective conservation. The expansive survey is not possible without the help of volunteers. Learn more about the effort at OutdoorNebraska.gov/ButterflySurvey.

For more information on the training sessions, contact Cody Dreier, survey organizer, at cody.dreier@nebraska.gov or 402-471-1755.

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