Contact

General Inquiry
butterflynetwork@naturecenter.org

Michigan Butterfly Network Director
Ashley Anne Wick
Biological Research Director, Kalamazoo Nature Center
awick@naturecenter.org
(269) 381-1574 x12

Michigan Butterfly Network Coordinator
Kyle Bibby
Conservation Research Coordinator, Kalamazoo Nature Center  
kbibby@naturecenter.org
(269) 381-1574 x 22 

Regional Contacts 

Grand Rapids Area 

Jessie Schulte, Blandford Nature Center 
jessie@blandfordnaturecenter.org 

Metro Detroit Area 
Ryan Colliton, Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority 
ryan.colliton@metroparks.com

Flint Area 
Nicole Ferguson, Genessee Co. Parks: For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum  
nferguson@gcparks.org

Traverse City Area 
Haley Breniser, Executive Director, Grass River Natural Area
haley@grassriver.org
For training information

Erwin 'Duke' Elsner, Ph.D., Michigan Region Co-coordinator, Butterflies and Moths of North America Project
elsner@msu.edu
Local expert

Ann Arbor Area
David Clipner, Chief Naturalist and Wildlife Curator, Leslie Science and Nature Center
david@lesliesnc.org

Get Involved

This project would not be possible without the involvement of partner organizations across Michigan and intrepid citizen scientists who collect real scientific data. If you are interested in being a part of this exciting and growing project or want to know more information, please contact us here. We are looking for partner organizations across Michigan, citizen scientists who will walk census routes and record butterfly sightings, and there are opportunities for student internships.

Butterfly Monitors

Requirements? Inquisitive, love for the outdoors, ability to learn butterfly species

Citizen Scientist Butterfly Monitors will:
  • Attend training sessions to learn standardized protocol and common butterfly species and gain field identification skills
  • Choose and map a site within their community to survey
  • Conduct six surveys of their site throughout the summer (June-August)
  • Submit data to the MiBN


To Apply to be a Butterfly Monitor at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, apply online by filling out an application form Here. In the "assignment preferences" field, indicate your interest in being a butterfly monitor


Partner Organizations


A partner organization will:
  • Advertise and publicize MiBN to attract and engage new volunteers in the region
  • Hold monitor training sessions for volunteers in the spring of every year using established MiBN protocol
  • Work with volunteers to establish census routes and sites 
  • Manage and communicate with volunteers 
  • Participate in meetings, events, workshops, etc. for state-wide and regional collaborators
  • Submit data to the MiBN


Internships

 The Kalamazoo Nature Center and Michigan Butterfly Network are accepting internships. Contact us for further details. 

An intern with MiBN at the KNC will (but not limited to):

  • Coordinate, and communicate with volunteers and partner organizations
  • Assist in various research projects 
  • Manage and update website and forum
  • Data management and analysis

 


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. 

The following are this years training sessions. It is a good idea to contact the coordinator of the training session.  You are welcome; however, to attend training outside your region- just let the coordinator know! 

Kalamazoo Nature Center, Greater Kalamazoo Area
Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
Monitor indoor training- (Part I) 
Volunteers will be trained in monitor protocol
, implementation, and data reporting
Time: 6pm- 8pm

Tuesday, May 13th
Monitor indoor training- (Part II)   
Volunteers will re-cap the previous class and will be trained in butterfly identification 
Time: 6pm- 8pm

Saturday, May 17th OR Saturday, May 31st
Field Day   
Volunteers will be practicing the protocol basics and taking part in hands on butterfly identification in the field.   Dress to be outdoors. 
Time: 1pm-4pm 

The Kalamazoo Nature Center requires registration for trainings. Click Here to register. This only applies to trainings at the Kalamazoo Nature Center 

For-Mar Nature Preserve, Flint Area  
Saturday, May 24, 2014

 Monitor Training (Part I)
Volunteers will be trained in butterfly identification, monitor protocol, implementation and data reporting. 

Time: 9am to noon.  

 

 Saturday, May 24, 2014

Field Day (Part II)

During the second day of training volunteers will be practicing the protocol basics and taking part in hands on butterfly identification in the field.   Dress to be outdoors. 

Time: 1pm to 4pm

 Blandford Nature Center, Grand Rapids Area  
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Monitor Training - Located at the Blandford Nature Center, Grand Rapids 
Volunteers will be trained in butterfly identification, monitor protocol, implementation and data reporting. 
Time: 5pm to 8pm 

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Field Day-  Saul Lake Bog Nature Preserve in Grattan Township, Kent County

During the second day of training volunteers will be practicing the protocol basics and taking part in hands on butterfly identification in the field.   Dress to be outdoors. 

Time: 1pm to 4pm  

Indian Spring Metro Park, Metro Detroit 
Sunday, June 1, 2014 

 Training will be held at the Educational Discovery Center. Volunteers will be trained in butterfly identification, monitor protocol, implementation and data reporting. 

 Volunteers will also be practicing the protocol basics and taking part in hands on butterfly identification in the field.   Dress to be outdoors. 

Time: 1pm to 4pm  


Grass River Natural Area, Traverse City Area
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Indoor Training- Volunteers will be trained in butterfly identification, monitor protocol, implementation and data reporting
Outdoor Training- TBD 
Time: 5:30 to 8:30pm  

 

Don't See a Training Near You? Check Back or Contact us! 

Kalamazoo Nature Center