Butterflies are powerful indicators of the quality and health of ecosystems. Sensitive to land use and habitat changes, many of our butterfly species have been declining in abundance due to habitat loss, fragmentation, and climate change. We must monitor both common and rare butterflies during the summer months and we need your help!
Monitoring butterfly populations over several years allows us to better understand butterfly ecology, population changes, and to direct attention to species in decline before it is too late.
The seeds for the Michigan Butterfly Network (MiBN) were planted in 2009 when KNC staff participated in the National Imperiled Butterfly Network Program. In 2011, the Kalamazoo Nature Center began the development of the Michigan Butterfly Network, which is a collaboration of researchers, citizen scientists, students, land managers, and institutions across our beautiful state. Now, in 2017 we partner with over a dozen organizations and agencies in Michigan with over 50 active butterfly routes, and there are plenty more natural areas where we can monitor our butterflies.
If you would like to get involved with the network, contact us! Below are training dates at various locations throughout Michigan, including the Upper Peninsula. The best time to get involved is early spring, when we hold trainings, however, do not hesitate to contact us to inquire about other ways to get involved!