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Citizen Science – Backyard Butterflies

Citizen Science

There are many opportunities to assist researchers in gathering data. Primarily help is needed by recording butterfly sightings. The information that a citizen reports plays an important part in determining population losses and/or gains, patterns in migration, effects of climate change, and habitat losses.

Citizen Science Opportunities

We have listed a few citizen science projects that we recommend to others. Most projects involve making observations and reporting them to a database. A good reason to learn and develop butterfly identification skills!

BACKYARD BUTTERFLY WALKS

We report the observations made during a walk to a local state and national database. The state database can be viewed at Butterflies of North Carolina.

JOURNEY NORTH

Help track the spring and fall migrations in real-time by reporting your Monarch sightings

MONARCH TAGGING

Special tags for Monarchs can be purchased for the annual fall migration. Tags can be applied to raised or wild Monarchs.

NABA BUTTERFLY COUNTS

NABA Butterfly Counts are a one-day, six hour enumeration of butterflies observed within a 15 mile radius of a central point.

THE VANESSA PROJECT

This research project collects information about Red Admiral, American Lady, Painted Lady, and West Coast Lady butterflies.

YOUR OWN BACKYARD!

Reporting sightings of butterflies seen in your own yard is the best and easiest way to contribute to citizen science! You can report your sightings to the following websites: NABA, BAMONA, eButterfly, and iNaturalist.