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! 

For our current monitors using Volgistics, 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.  


General Inquiry

Michigan Butterfly Network Director
Ashley Anne Wick
Biological Research Director, Kalamazoo Nature Center
Email Ashley
(269) 381-1574 x12

Michigan Butterfly Network Coordinators
Kyle Bibby
Conservation Research Coordinator, Kalamazoo Nature Center  
Email Kyle
(269) 381-1574 x 22

Ronda Spink
Butterfly Network Coordinator, Kalamazoo Nature Center
Email Ronda

Current Events

Save the Date!
It may see like our season just ended, but we are already planning for next year! 

Indoor Trainings at the Kalamazoo Nature Center for new monitors (Must attend both!)
April 14th & May 12th
Indoor Trainings at the Kalamazoo Nature Center for veteran monitors (May attend in place of the new monitor training)

May 5th

Outdoor Trainings at the Kalamazoo Nature Center (Open to everyone)

May 16th & May 30th
Interested Monitors: Fill out an application for the 2015 season. Visit the "Get Involved" page for further details

Our data entry system will be updating soon allowing us to begin analyzing our data more in-depth! Stay tuned for details 

 2014 Potluck
Thank you to all of our monitors that attended our end-of-the-season potluck. We look forward to working with all of you again.

2014 NABA/MiBN Butterfly Count

July 12th of this year marked the 2nd annual North American Butterfly Association (NABA)/ Michigan Butterfly Network (MiBN) butterfly count.  Check out the MiBN Forum for a summary and results. 

2013 Results
Over 6200 individual butterflies and 63 species! Visit the Butterfly Data page for details

Training Dates

Training is necessary to become a butterfly monitor. The Kalamazoo Nature Center or your closest regional hub will provide you with training on how to follow the protocol of the Michigan Butterfly Network. In addition, there is training provided on how to identify the butterflies you are likely to encounter. Training usually consists of 1-2 workshops indoors and a separate day in the field for practice. 

Our 2015 training dates will be here before you know it so mark you calendars!


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