The 38th Annual North American Butterfly Association Count will kick off at the Natural Resources Conservation Service Manhattan Plant Materials Center, Thursday, July 12, beginning at 9 a.m. There is no charge to participate in the count, but volunteers need to register by Monday, July 9, by calling 785-539-8761, to assure adequate supply of materials and handouts.
Those attending should bring a sack lunch, water, bug spray, binoculars, field guides, and camera if you have them and dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Attendees at the event will be on their own for transportation. If special accommodations are needed, please let the PMC know.
The annual count program is intended to promote interest in butterflies and provide results useful for scientific monitoring of this beautiful and fascinating group of insects.
"People are drawn to butterflies because of the beauty they bring to our natural world, but they are equally important to the environment as pollinators, consumers, and food sources for other animals," said Rich Wynia, PMC Manager.
"This is the third year for the PMC to host an NABA count and provides a way for volunteers to help scientists monitor butterfly migration and get a good estimate of the different species and their numbers."
"Volunteers should meet at the PMC and from there will get instructions on how to participate in the count. The count area covers a 15-mile diameter circle with the PMC, Konza Prairie, and Manhattan located in the circle. Due to the size of the survey area, PMC staff will organize volunteers to cover as much area as possible. While knowledge of butterflies is a plus, it is not necessary," he said. More information about the butterfly count is available at www.naba.org.
Those attending the event will also learn more about the PMC and its purpose of developing plants for conservation and have the opportunity to see some of the pollinator projects at the PMC.