Our 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.

Log Your Hours! 
In an effort to keep track of how many volunteer hours are donated to the Michigan Butterfly Network we need your help! Please log in to our volunteer database here to document your hours. If you do not have a volunteer profile please register for one here
Enter Your Data! 

Enter the Butterfly Network database here. You can use this site to enter the data you collected on your run.  

Contact Information

Michigan Butterfly Network Director
Ashley Anne Wick
Biological Research Director, Kalamazoo Nature Center

(269) 381-1574 x12

For information regarding trainings or field trips contact:

Michigan Butterfly Network Coordinator
Jennifer Tagett

Citizen Science Coordinator, Kalamazoo Nature Center


For information regarding butterfly identification contact:

Michigan Butterfly Network Coordinator
Ronda Spink
Butterfly Network Coordinator, Kalamazoo Nature Center


About Us

Butterflies are powerful indicators of the quality and health of ecosystems. Sensitive to land use and habitat changes, many of our butterfly species have been declining in abundance due to habitat loss, fragmentation, and climate change. We must monitor both common and rare butterflies during the summer months and we need your help!

Monitoring butterfly populations over several years allows us to better understand butterfly ecology, population changes, and to direct attention to species in decline before it is too late. 

The seeds for the Michigan Butterfly Network (MiBN) were planted in 2009 when KNC staff participated in the National Imperiled Butterfly Network Program. In 2011, the Kalamazoo Nature Center began the development of the Michigan Butterfly Network, which is a collaboration of researchers, citizen scientists, students, land managers, and institutions across our beautiful state. Now, in 2017 we partner with over a dozen organizations and agencies in Michigan with over 50 active butterfly routes, and there are plenty more natural areas where we can monitor our butterflies.

If you would like to get involved with the network, contact us! Below are training dates at various locations throughout Michigan, including the Upper Peninsula. The best time to get involved is early spring, when we hold trainings, however, do not hesitate to contact us to inquire about other ways to get involved! 

Get Involved

Butterfly Monitors, Partners, and Internships!

This project would not be possible without the involvement of partner organizations across Michigan and intrepid citizen scientists who collect important scientific data. We are looking for partner organizations across Michigan and citizen scientists who will walk census routes and record butterfly sightings.

Butterfly Monitor Needs Description 
Regional Hub Coordinator Description 
Internship Application 

We are looking for new  volunteers to monitor butterfly routes in 2017! See training workshop dates, times, and locations below!
 Click through the location tabs to learn more about trainings in those areas!
 Volunteer Application Here! Pre-registration for trainings required.

Want to learn more about butterflies but can't commit to the entire monitoring season? See our field trip page for exciting opportunities to observe butterflies throughout the state! These trips are open to everyone.

2017 Trainings

Kalamazoo Nature Center

Thanks To Our Partners