Citizen Science

Citizen Science Opportunities

We have three ways in which you can participate in butterfly citizen science with Backyard Butterflies. There are many opportunities to assist researchers in gathering data. Primarily help is needed by recording butterfly sightings. The information that a citizen reports plays an important part in determining population losses and/or gains, patterns in migration, effects of climate change, and habitat losses.

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Butterfly Walks

Join us for a free butterfly walk

Moth nights

Join us at our moth collecting sheet

NABA Butterfly Counts

Join a NABA Butterfly Count

Additional Opportunities

Click on the icon to the left to visit websites for additional citizen science opportunities.

Journey North

Help track the spring and fall Monarch migrations by reporting your sightings.

Monarch Tagging

Special tags for Monarchs can be purchased through Monarch Watch for the annual fall migration. Tags can be applied to raised or wild Monarchs.

Your Own Backyard

Reporting sightings of butterflies seen in your own yard is the best and easiest way to contribute to citizen science!

The Vanessa Project

This research project collects information about Red Admiral, American Lady, Painted Lady, and West Coast Lady butterflies.

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