Butterfly Count

The little gray hairstreak butterfly, moves the little tails on its hind wings back and forth to distract predators.

From tiny hairstreaks to large swallowtails, all sizes of butterflies will be counted during the Cheyenne Bottoms annual butterfly quest, beginning at 9 a.m. on July 22 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.

All that’s required for the count, is a pair of binoculars and keen eyes. KWEC will supply field guides and transportation. Participants will search fields and gardens in and around Cheyenne Bottoms by vehicle and foot, during this official North American Butterfly Association count.

The NABA Count is in its 43rd year and gathers information to track population trends. Organized like the Christmas Bird Count, much of the count is done from a vehicle, with maps and data sheets provided. Please preregister by July 20 by calling KWEC at 1-877-243-9268 to reserve a spot or for more information.

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