Be a butterfly counter for the Audubon Society
Help the Audubon Society of Rhode Island with its Third Annual Butterfly Survey on Saturday, July 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Each year, the Audubon Society in association with the North American Butterfly Association organizes teams of butterfly enthusiasts in a statewide survey. The program is intended to promote interest in butterflies and provide results useful for scientific monitoring. The event is open to the public, and amateurs are welcome. There is a $3 participation fee for adults, and there is no charge for children under 12. Participants should attend one of the following orientation meetings/ butterfly ID workshops to prepare for the count: Wednesday, July 5, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Audubon's Fisherville Brook Refuge, Pardon Joslin Rd., Exeter; Thursday, July 6, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Audubon Headquarters, Powder Mill Ledges Refuge.
On July 8, the day of the count, people will gather at the survey sites at 9:30 a.m. to meet leaders. They will return at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.
People who are unable to go afield may participate as "garden watchers" and count butterflies from home or a garden and report the highest number of individuals of a species seen at one time. To register for the event and for more information, contact July Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 949-5454, ext. 3044.