Citizen Science

Citizen Science Opportunities

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.

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!


Butterfly Walks

Join us or conduct your own butterfly walk in a local or state park or nature preserve. Report your observations to Butterflies of North Carolina database.

Monarch Tagging

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

Journey North

Help track the spring and fall Monarch migrations by reporting your sightings.

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.

Regrow Milkweed for Monarchs

Michigan State University study on cutting back common milkweed to regrow in time for end of the year egg laying before migration to Mexico. The study is closed to new registrants but you can still participate.

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.

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