Our Mission

The Michigan Butterfly Network seeks to assess the changing population status of our state’s butterfly species, evaluate the quality of Michigan ecosystems, and engage the Michigan public in significant citizen science research.

Log Your Hours! 
Volunteer hours are important! In an effort to keep tally of how many volunteer hours are donated to the Michigan Butterfly Network, please log into Volgistics.
You can log into our volunteer management system here. You will be able to change your profile and post service hours. 
Enter Your Data! 

Enter the Butterfly Network database here. You can use this site to enter the data you collected on your run.  

Contact Information

Michigan Butterfly Network Director
Ashley Anne Wick
Biological Research Director, Kalamazoo Nature Center

(269) 381-1574 x12

For information regarding trainings or field trips contact:

Michigan Butterfly Network Coordinator
Jennifer Tagett

Citizen Science Coordinator, Kalamazoo Nature Center


For information regarding butterfly identification contact:

Michigan Butterfly Network Coordinator
Ronda Spink
Butterfly Network Coordinator, Kalamazoo Nature Center


Coming up next ...

GLOBE Teacher Training Workshop

FREE professional development for teachers August 10-12, 2016 at the Kalamazoo Nature Center!

Register HERE!

                              SEE FLYER HERE

We look forward to the arrival of the monarch butterflies in Michigan this summer, perhaps you've seen some already? Or, maybe you're an avid gardener and have been busy growing milkweed for their caterpillars to eat. When these butterflies leave us this fall, they fly straight to their ancestral overwintering grounds in the spectacular Transvolcanic Range in Michoacan, Mexico. The location of these sanctuaries remained a mystery until they were discovered in 1975.

Join KNC’s Michigan Butterfly Network for Kingdom of the Monarchs, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see millions of monarchs in their overwintering grounds in Mexico. Reservations for the 6-day trip are due in mid-July.

For more information please contact Ashley Anne Wick at awick@naturecenter.org

Conservation Stewards Program

The Kalamazoo Nature Center (KNC) is partnering with the Michigan State University Extension to offer another Conservation Stewards Program this fall! The class will be hosted at KNC on Thursday nights from September 8 - October 20 with two Saturday field trips included. Learn more about the class and register

Calling all butterfly enthusiasts!

We are looking for new citizen science volunteers to monitor butterfly routes in 2017! See training workshop dates, times, and locations below! Click through the location tabs to learn more about trainings in those areas! Volunteer Application Here! Pre-registration for trainings required.

Want to learn more about butterflies but can't commit to the entire monitoring season? See our field trip page for exciting opportunities to observe butterflies throughout the state! These trips are open to everyone.

2016 Trainings

Kalamazoo Nature Center

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