Join the Annual Butterfly Census on Friday, June 6

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 06-02-2008

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
530-898-4260
Jeff Mott, Director
Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve
Butte Creek Ecological Preserve
530-898-5010

On Friday, June 6, entomologist Don Miller, Department of Biological Sciences, California State University, Chico and the staff from the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve (BCCER) will be conducting the second annual butterfly count on the reserve and surrounding areas. This is a national census effort under the direction of the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) Butterfly Counts.

The NABA Butterfly Counts is an ongoing program to census the butterflies of North America (United States, Canada and partially Mexico) and to publish the results. Volunteer participants select a count area with a 15-mile diameter and conduct a one-day census of all butterflies sighted within that circle. You can find more details on NABA at http://www.naba.org/counts.html.

If you wish to participate in this annual census, please contact Jeff Mott at jmott@csuchico.edu to sign up. Volunteers will meet at the barn of the reserve at 8:30 am. Participants should bring a lunch, plenty of drinking water, hat, sunscreen and hiking boots.

You don’t need to be a butterfly expert to join the census but you will need to be prepared for a day of hiking and learning about these amazing insects.

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