Public invited to butterfly programs at Congaree National Park | Environment
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Rangers at Congaree National Park are inviting the public to a pair of butterfly programs in September.
The programs are coordinated in partnership with the Carolina Butterfly Society and the North American Butterfly Association. The programs engage citizen scientist volunteers to help identify and count butterflies in the park. The programs provide data not only for the park, but also contribute to long-term, nationwide monitoring of butterfly populations.
The NABA Butterfly Count has been held annually since 1975. Volunteers all over North America select a count area 15 miles in diameter and conduct a one-day census of all butterflies observed within that circle.
On Saturday, September 7, the park is hosting Butterfly Identification Training from 9-11:30 a.m at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. Guests should be prepared to hike through the park.
The following Saturday is the Seasonal NABA Butterfly Count from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weather permitting. Participants are welcome for the entire day, or just a portion of it. Guests should meet at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center.
All ages and experience levels are welcome. The programs are free, but space is limited. Advance reservations are requested. Appropriate clothing is required of all participants, including long-pants and closed-toed shoes that attach to the feet. Sun protection, bug spray, water, snacks, and a sack lunch are recommended.
Binoculars are recommended, but not required. For more information contact Terri Hogan at 803 647-3960.
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