Volunteer monitors track Michigan’s 150 butterfly species

May 5, 2015

The Mitchell's Satyr butterfly
Credit Ashley Wick

Along with the spring tulips and early morning birds, you might have also started to notice a few butterflies now that the weather has warmed up. Michigan is home to over 150 species of butterflies, from swallowtails to monarchs. And that means that  soon, volunteer monitors will be out in full force for the annual state butterfly survey.

Current State’s April Van Buren headed to the Kalamazoo Nature Center to meet up with wildlife biologist Ashley Wick, who is the director of the Michigan Butterfly Network. This is an organization that sends out volunteer monitors to track and collect data on butterfly species in areas across the state.

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