Mission:

The Michigan Butterfly Network seeks to assess the changing population status of our state’s butterfly species, evaluate the quality of Michigan ecosystems, and engage the Michigan public in significant citizen science research.


Contact

General Inquiry
butterflynetwork@naturecenter.org

Michigan Butterfly Network Director
Ashley Anne Wick
Biological Research Director, Kalamazoo Nature Center
awick@naturecenter.org
(269) 381-1574 x12

Michigan Butterfly Network Coordinator
Kyle Bibby
Conservation Research Coordinator, Kalamazoo Nature Center  
kbibby@naturecenter.org
(269) 381-1574 x 22 

Regional Contacts 

Grand Rapids Area 

Jessie Schulte, Blandford Nature Center 
jessie@blandfordnaturecenter.org 

Metro Detroit Area 
Ryan Colliton, Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority 
ryan.colliton@metroparks.com

Flint Area 
Nicole Ferguson, Genessee Co. Parks: For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum  
nferguson@gcparks.org

Traverse City Area 
Haley Breniser, Executive Director, Grass River Natural Area
haley@grassriver.org
For training information

Erwin 'Duke' Elsner, Ph.D., Michigan Region Co-coordinator, Butterflies and Moths of North America Project
elsner@msu.edu
Local expert

Ann Arbor Area
David Clipner, Chief Naturalist and Wildlife Curator, Leslie Science and Nature Center
david@lesliesnc.org

Current Events

We are excited to announce trainings in Kalamazoo, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Flint, Grand Rapids, and Traverse City! To be a Michigan Butterfly Network citizen science volunteer, you must attend both indoor and outdoor trainings. 



Training Dates
Calendars are filling up fast at we plan for the upcoming season.  Each of the regional hubs of the Michigan Butterfly Network are setting dates for their upcoming training sessions. Check out the 
Get Involved Page for details!   

2013 Results

Over 6200 individual butterflies and 63 species! Visit the Butterfly Data page for details

Save the Date- 2014 NABA/MiBN Butterfly Count
This year will be our second year contributing to the nationwide 4th of July Butterfly count organized by the North American Butterfly Association (NABA).  On July 20, 2013 thirteen volunteers explored the trails at KNC, and we also covered the Kellogg Biological Station, Fred McLinden Nature Area, Fort Custer Recreation Area and some local private properties.  We identified all the species and tallied all the individual butterflies we could find.  
In all, we tallied 37 species and 1031 individuals.  So whether you are a novice or an expert, mark your calendar for this year’s butterfly count on Saturday, July 12th. We will meet at 12pm in the arboretum picnic area at KNC.  You do not have to count at KNC to help you may cover other sites as long as it falls within our 15 mile circle.  For more information about this year’s count please contact John Brenneman at 269-381-1574 x 30. For the results of the 2013 count Click Here



Training Dates

Training is necessary to become a butterfly monitor. The Kalamazoo Nature Center or your closest regional hub will provide you with training on how to follow the protocol of the Michigan Butterfly Network. In addition, there is training provided on how to identify the butterflies you are likely to encounter. Training usually consists of 1-2 workshops indoors and a separate day in the field for practice. 

The following are this years training sessions. It is a good idea to contact the coordinator of the training session.  You are welcome; however, to attend training outside your region- just let the coordinator know! 

Kalamazoo Nature Center, Greater Kalamazoo Area
Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
Monitor indoor training- (Part I) 
Volunteers will be trained in monitor protocol
, implementation, and data reporting
Time: 6pm- 8pm

Tuesday, May 13th
Monitor indoor training- (Part II)   
Volunteers will re-cap the previous class and will be trained in butterfly identification 
Time: 6pm- 8pm

Saturday, May 17th OR Saturday, May 31st
Field Day   
Volunteers will be practicing the protocol basics and taking part in hands on butterfly identification in the field.   Dress to be outdoors. 
Time: 1pm-4pm 

The Kalamazoo Nature Center requires registration for trainings. Click Here to register. This only applies to trainings at the Kalamazoo Nature Center 

For-Mar Nature Preserve, Flint Area  
Saturday, May 24, 2014

 Monitor Training (Part I)
Volunteers will be trained in butterfly identification, monitor protocol, implementation and data reporting. 

Time: 9am to noon.  

 

 Saturday, May 24, 2014

Field Day (Part II)

During the second day of training volunteers will be practicing the protocol basics and taking part in hands on butterfly identification in the field.   Dress to be outdoors. 

Time: 1pm to 4pm

 Blandford Nature Center, Grand Rapids Area  
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Monitor Training - Located at the Blandford Nature Center, Grand Rapids 
Volunteers will be trained in butterfly identification, monitor protocol, implementation and data reporting. 
Time: 5pm to 8pm 

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Field Day-  Saul Lake Bog Nature Preserve in Grattan Township, Kent County

During the second day of training volunteers will be practicing the protocol basics and taking part in hands on butterfly identification in the field.   Dress to be outdoors. 

Time: 1pm to 4pm  

Indian Spring Metro Park, Metro Detroit 
Sunday, June 1, 2014 

 Training will be held at the Educational Discovery Center. Volunteers will be trained in butterfly identification, monitor protocol, implementation and data reporting. 

 Volunteers will also be practicing the protocol basics and taking part in hands on butterfly identification in the field.   Dress to be outdoors. 

Time: 1pm to 4pm  


Grass River Natural Area, Traverse City Area
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Indoor Training- Volunteers will be trained in butterfly identification, monitor protocol, implementation and data reporting
Outdoor Training- TBD 
Time: 5:30 to 8:30pm  

 

Don't See a Training Near You? Check Back or Contact us! 

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