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Carolina’s Wild Butterflies: Identification and Monitoring

May 3 and 10, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

This program will introduce you to North Carolina’s wild butterflies, how to identify them, and how to become a citizen-scientist butterfly monitor. Because insect populations are declining at alarming rates, long-term monitoring of butterfly populations across the Carolinas will provide valuable data for scientists and land managers. The Carolinas Butterfly Monitoring project is partnering with the Museum of Life and Science to teach the general public how to identify local butterflies and establish a fun, easy-to-conduct survey using standardized protocols where you can go for a walk and record the butterflies you see. Data are contributed to a national database for scientists to examine butterfly population trends across the continent.

The program is in partnership with the Carolinas Butterfly Monitoring Project (CarBMP).

This program is intended for participants ages 16+

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Spring Into Action marks the Museum of Life and Science’s participation in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, AZA’s Party for the Planet, a yearly celebration encouraging folks to create habitats, reduce and clean up litter, and get outdoors! Join us for events and programming focused on appreciating and supporting the earth.