Boise Butterfly Count

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Contact Dr. Paul Castrovillo (paul.castrovillo@isda.idaho.gov). Participation is limited to 40 people.

Join us in the annual Butterfly Count, held across the country around the 4th of July.

We'll rendezvous in Boise to arrange carpools. Then we visit five different sites at higher and higher elevations. This is an all-day event; the count usually ends around 6 pm high in the Boise Foothills.

Based on past years, we typically see about 40-45 butterfly species over the course of the day (that's nearly one third of the butterfly species found in Idaho).

New to butterfly counting? Attend Saturday's Butterfly Identification Workshop for a crash course and a 6-page color brochure of the butterflies you will most likely see.

Participants should bring water, lunch, snacks, sturdy footwear, sunscreen, sunhat, first aid kit, pencil/pen and paper (a clipboard is helpful). A butterfly net is not essential but very helpful, as is a digital camera.