Since 2011 MEEC has monitored two butterfly transects weekly from April – October, logging population and diversity. We’ve recorded 58 species on the property, from American snouts to Zabulon skippers! Our data joins that of other monitoring organizations across the state and is compiled by the Ohio Lepidopterists. This allows problems in population trends to be detected early, before populations reach critical numbers. We also identify new state species, detect breeding populations of sub-tropical butterflies and track how species respond to management efforts.
If you’re interested in joining us for the 2017 season, send us an email. No previous experience is necessary, but you’ll learn a lot about butterflies and other invertebrates as well as the plants that sustain them. And you’ll make new friends along the way!