Cascades Butterfly Project
Climate change is expected to affect mountain systems in many ways. Scientists predict that warmer summers may result in earlier snowmelt, more frequent forest fires, and changes in distributions of plants and animals. Six protected areas in the Cascade Range have established a two-part program to monitor butterflies due to their sensitivity of their life cycles and distribution to temperature changes.
How You Can Help
We are looking for volunteers for both parts of the Cascade Butterfly Project:
Volunteers are encouraged to stay connected through the Cascade's Butterfly Project Yahoo group, found at: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/cascadesbutterfly/
Butterfly Training 2017
April 8, 1 - 3, University of Washington Burke Museum - Learn about Monitoring Butterflies in Mount Rainier and North Cascades National Parks and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie & Okanogan-Wenatchee Nation Forests.
This will be a short powerpoint presentation with plenty of time to talk. Parking is free in the afternoon!
After the meeting enjoy the "Wild Nearby" exhibit free of charge.
For more information email the Cascades Butterfly Project.
Resource Brief - Monitoring Subalpine Butterflies as Climate Changes (487 KB pdf)
Volunteer FAQ - What Does it Take to Be a Citizen Scientist (275 KB pdf)
Volunteer Application (190 KB)