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.

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. You can find out more about the Michigan Butterfly Network's history here.

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 is 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.

For monitoring essentials and learning tools please visit our resources page

2017 Butterfly Monitor Trainings


MiBN Trainings at the Kalamazoo Nature Center

 7000 N Westnedge Ave

Kalamazoo, MI 49009


New Monitor Training - Registration Required
Tuesday March 28 & April 11, 2017 from 5:30-7:30pm 
Field Day: Saturday May 20, 2017 from 2:30-4:30pm
(This is a two part training. Attendance at both the March 28 and April 11 indoor training days is required.) 
Register HERE 

Returning Monitor Training - Registration Required
Tuesday May 9, 2017 from 5:30-7:30pm
Field Day: Saturday May 20, 2017 from 2:30-4:30pm
Register HERE

Battle Creek

MiBN Trainings at Binder Park Zoo 


 7400 Divison Dr
Battle Creek, MI 49014

Our new experts at Binder Park Zoo will be learning alongside of you in 2017 and will be ready to host trainings at the zoo in 2018! If you are in the Battle Creek area and would like to attend a training, please look at our other training dates and locations. Upon completion of the training, we can help you find a butterfly monitoring route in a natural area near you. 

Grand Rapids

MiBN Trainings at Blandford Nature Center


1715 Hillburn Ave NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49504


Indoor Trainings: Tuesdays, April 25th & May 2nd from 5:30pm-7:30pm

Outdoor Training: Saturday, May 13th from 1:00pm-3:00pm 
(Registration fee covers both indoor and outdoor training days)

Please visit Blandford Nature Center to register. 


MiBN Training in Jackson


If you are interested in monitoring butterflies in the Jackson area please attend a training in one of our other partner cities! We can then help you find monitoring routes in the Jackson area upon completion of the training. 

Traverse City

MiBN Trainings at Grass River Natural Area


6500 Alden Hwy

Bellaire, MI 49615


Indoor Training: Tuesday, May 16th 5:00-8:00pm

Outdoor Training: Saturday, May 20th 1:00-3:00pm
(Registration fee covers both the indoor and outdoor training days)

Please register HERE

Detroit Area

MiBN Training at the Detroit Zoo 


 8450 W 10 Mile Rd

Royal Oak, MI 48067

Trainings will be held on April 5th and April 6th. Please check back for time and location information! 

Ann Arbor

MiBN Training in Ann Arbor 

Indoor Training: Saturday, May 6th from 1:30-4:00pm 

Outdoor Training: Sunday, May 21st from 2:00-4:00pm 

For program location information and registration please contact Becky Gajewski at BGajewski@a2gov.org


MiBN Trainings at For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum 


2142 N. Genesee Road

Burton, MI 48509


Indoor Training: Saturday, May 6th from 9:30am-12:00pm 

Outdoor Training: Saturday, May 13th from 1:00pm-4:00pm
(Registration is required for both events) 

Please visit Genesee County Parks to register. 

Northern Indiana

MiBN Training at Presbyterian Chapel of the Lakes  

2955 W. Orland Road
Angola, Indiana 46703

Indoor Training: Friday, April 21st from 6:00pm-9:00pm

Outdoor Training: Saturday, May 20th from 1:00pm-3:00pm

To register please contact John Brittenham at johnbrittenham@gmail.com 

Enter Your Data! 

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

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


Contact Us

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


Thanks To Our Partners