Butterfly Monitor Trainings  

We are looking for new citizen scientists to monitor butterfly routes in 2019! In order to become a monitor with the Michigan Butterfly Network you must complete one of the training workshops. Click through the location tabs below to learn more about the trainings in an area near you. For more detailed workshop information, please reach out to the contact listed in your desired location. Registration required.  


Kalamazoo Nature Center 

7000 N. Westnedge Ave                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kalamazoo, MI 49009 

Butterfly Monitor Training: Check back soon for our 2020 trainings! 


Battle Creek

Binder Park Zoo

7400 Division Dr                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Battle Creek, MI 49014

Butterfly Monitor Training: Saturday, May 9th from 2:00pm-4:00pm with a field day on Saturday, May 16th from 2:00pm-4:00pm. To register please contact  Shelby at sdempsey@binderparkzoo.org.   

Grand Rapids

Blandford Nature Center 

1715 Hillburn Ave NW                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Check back soon for our 2020 trainings! 

Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor Parks

Butterfly Monitor Training: Saturday, May 16th from 1:30pm-3:30pm with a field day on Saturday, June 6 from 2:00pm-4:00pm. For event location and registration please contact Becky Gajewski at BGajewski@a2gov.org.


Belle Isle Nature Center

176 Lakeside Dr                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Detroit, MI 48207

Check back soon for our 2020 trainings! 

Port Huron

Pine Rive Nature Center 

2585 Caster Rd.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Goodells, MI 48027

Butterfly Monitor Training: 

Saturday, May 2, 2020, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

$5 suggested donation, RSVP to Kirsten Lyons, stewardship@scriver.org

Indoor and outdoor training for experienced and novice citizen scientists.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2888473524548824/


For-Mar Nature Preserve 

2142 N Genessee Rd                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Burton, MI 48509

Check back soon for our 2020 trainings! 

Traverse City

Grass River Natural Area

6500 Alden Hwy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bellaire, MI 49615

Butterfly Monitor Training: Check back soon for our 2020 trainings! 

Northern Indiana

Presbyterian Chapel of the Lakes 

2955 West Orland Rd                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Angola, Indiana 46703

Butterfly Monitor Training: Thursday, April 23 from 6:00-9:00pm with a field day on Saturday, May 30th from 1:00-3:00pm.

To register please send $5 registration fee with your name and contact information to: Blue Heron Ministries 2955 W. Orland Rd. Angola, IN 46703 ATTN: John Brittenham. Registration deadline is Friday, April 17th. 

For questions contact John at johnbrittenham@gmail.com. 

North American Butterfly Association July Butterfly Counts

Come join us for the 2019 4th of July NABA butterfly counts! The more eyes the better! $3 participation fee. SW Michigan dates and locations are as follows:

Allegan - June 29th

Rogue River - July 3rd

Newaygo - July 5

Muskegon - July 18

Kalamazoo - July 20

For more information about the Allegan, Rogue River, Newaygo, and Muskegon counts please contact Ronda Spink at rlovesbutterflies@gmail.com or Ranger Steve Mueller at Odybrook@chatermi.net.

For more information about the Kalamazoo area count please contact John Brenneman at jbrenneman@naturecenter.org.

These counts take place all over the state (AND country!). Check the NABA map to find a count nearest you! 

Current Butterfly Monitors: Documents and Resources

Please remember to enter your data at PollardBase and document your hours spent monitoring here.                                         

Important Monitoring Documents