Jaime Dixon, of Arthurdale, is hosting the 3rd annual Arthurdale Butterfly Count on Saturday. She is one of hundreds of volunteers who have organized and hosted a butterfly count to gather data for the North American Butterfly Association's annual Fourth of July Butterfly Count.
During this one day census, volunteers collect data about the numbers and different species of butterflies seen within a 15-mile count circle. Volunteers are needed to help count butterflies. Volunteers will visit several different habitats, including fields, wooded areas and roadside wildflower groupings that attract butterflies.
Info and to volunteer: Jaime Dixon, Ilovewvbutterflies@live.com.
The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) said scientists have found that butterflies can serve as an important indicator of the health of ecosystems. The NABA Butterfly Count has been held annually since 1975, when only 29 counts were conducted. In 2009, there were 463 counts in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Info on NABA: www.naba.org.