Maricopa County Parks and Recreation



Butterfly Monitoring Program - Virtual Meeting

Friday, October 01, 2021
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

Maricopa County parks have teamed up with Central Arizona Butterfly Association (CAZBA) and Arizona Master Naturalists-Maricopa County Chapter (AMNA-MCC) and developed a butterfly monitoring program for the parks.  Butterflies are good indicators of ecosystem health and this data provides insight into the county park's ecosystem health.  Plus it’s a fun way to learn about the butterfly species.

Friday, October 1, 2021, from 6:00 pm -7:30 pm 

Virtual Meeting - Registered participants will receive an email with a meeting link on September 29th.  All participants will be required to register for the training no later than September 28th (3 days before the training event).
Learn to identify the Beginner 25 butterflies
Learn the butterfly monitoring route, your role, and protocols
A brief introduction to I-naturalist and E-butterfly apps
The packet will include maps, protocols, and Maricopa County Butterfly brochure.

During training, you will sign up to monitor one of the routes/parks below, 5 volunteers per park.

White Tank Mountain Regional Park (3.4 miles, moderate route).

Hassayampa River Preserve (1.8 miles, easy route).

Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area (3.4 miles, moderate route).

Estrella Mountain Regional Park (Gila Rio, 0.39 miles, easy route. Quartz Baseline Trail, 2.9 miles, moderate route).

Your monitoring role will be determined (each route will include)

Leader (experts from CAZCA and DBG)

Scribe (park rangers, or other vols)

2-4 observers


Saturday, Oct 2, 2021, 8:00 am- 11/12 pm
There will be a butterfly expert leading each route (listed on the sign p sheet)  
Covid CDC recommendations will be followed for the training,  and masks may be required for the training.

Inclement weather may cause the events to be canceled, or delayed start time,  during the training you will provide the route leader with your contact information to keep you in the loop of any changes in time/date if bad weather occurs.

To register, please click on the link https://signup.com/go/JdzPECA.


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