Net a fun and educational day in the great outdoors this coming Saturday, July 9 as a part of the University of Louisville’s butterfly census effort.
UofL biology professor emeritus Charles Covell and other butterfly specialists will lead the national butterfly count expedition at the Horner Wildlife Sanctuary. Have trouble telling a monarch from a malachite? Don’t worry—count leaders will teach you about the various butterflies in the area so you can properly identify whatever winged beauties you see.
The count is in a defined area from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., although volunteers do not have to stay the entire time. Covell will supply nets but volunteers may use cameras, binoculars and notebooks to gather information. Volunteers are advised to wear hats, hiking shoes, long pants and long-sleeved shirts and bring insect repellent, water and lunch.
Counters of all ages should meet at 9:30 a.m. at the parking lot of the now-closed Brownsboro General Store and Restaurant, one mile northwest of Exit 14 off Interstate 71 and about 20 miles north of Louisville in Oldham County. In the event of heavy rain, the count will be postponed until the same time Sunday, July 10, weather permitting.
The data will be reported to the North American Butterfly Association for its published results.
Covell, who retired from UofL in 2004, organized the Society of Kentucky Lepidopterists for the study of butterflies and moths in 1974. He is the author of the books Butterflies and Moths of Kentucky and Peterson’s Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America and continues to lead the annual local effort.
For more information, contact Covell at email@example.com , 639-2691 or (352) 273-2023.
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