Yes, Rhode Island is a bit far afield, but for those of you summering in New England you might find one or more of these an interesting count to join! Contact July Lewis using the info below.
>>Re-post from oceanstatebutterflies listserv and July’s blogspot:
It is officially butterfly season, and this year’s Rhode Island Butterfly Count dates have been scheduled! The RI counts are a part of a continent-wide program of butterfly observation organized by the North American Butterfly Association. The Audubon Society of Rhode Island administers the Rhode Island counts.
Volunteers of all skill levels go to sites within 15-mile diameter survey areas and record butterfly species seen. Participants may survey on their own, with other participants, or in a team led and coached by an Audubon staff member. Orientation and identification workshops are provided prior to the counts. A fee of $6 per count participant is charged to defray program costs.
East Bay: Saturday, June 25
West Bay: Saturday, July 9
Orientations/ID workshops before the count:
Environmental Education Center (Bristol): June 14, 6:30-8 p.m.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge (Smithfield): June 22, 6:30-8 p.m.
USFWS Kettle Pond Visitor Center (Charlestown): June 30, 6:30-8 p.m.
Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge (Exeter): July 5, 6:30-8 p.m.
Contact me at 401-949-5454 x3044 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information and to sign up for a survey site!