It’s Time for the 21st Annual Butterfly Count!
Concerned citizen scientists, take action! It’s time for the 21st annual Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy Butterfly Count. Whether you are a beginner with a new interest in butterflies or an experienced lepidopterist, we need you!
Each year the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) asks volunteers around the nation to count butterflies in order to monitor changes and variations in their populations. Volunteers are needed for Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s Butterfly Count on Saturday, August 5 (rain date: Sunday, August 6). Join experts and fellow nature enthusiasts and help identify and quantify these beautiful creatures. Last year we counted 2,145 butterflies and identified 41 species. We have more than 80 species of butterflies in Loudoun, so this is a great chance to see a lot of different species in a single day.
There is a $3 fee per participant (under age 18 is free). All fees collected go to NABA to help conserve butterflies and their habitats.
Additional information about the count, including details about how to sign up, are available here.
Butterfly Count Data from Past Years (1997–2016)
Butterfly Identification: Beyond the Basics
Webinar presentation by Terri Keffert, Virginia Master Naturalist Volunteer Coordinator