If you enjoy watching butterflies, you may also enjoy contributing to scientific knowledge about them. The Missouri Department of Conservation will offer a free virtual training session from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, on how to participate in the Missouri Butterfly Monitoring Network.
Participants will learn about 25 of Missouri’s most common butterflies. They will learn how to identify them and how butterfly surveys are conducted. They will also complete one of the three requirements to qualify for participation in the surveys. The course will be taught by Tad Yankoski, entomologist for the Butterfly House, and Lisa Richter, MDC naturalist at the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Blue Springs.
The Missouri Butterfly Monitoring Network is a program affiliated with the Butterfly House, a division of the Missouri Botanical Garden. The program is also affiliated with national butterfly efforts. Data gathered by the surveys can help scientists track butterfly population trends.
This program is for participants age 18 and older. Registration is required. To register, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZrZ.