Technicians Laura Hamon and Kati Moore hosted a workshop at the NC Botanical Garden on August 16, 2016 to do some beta-testing of their training materials and monitoring protocol. They had 22 staff and volunteers at the Garden join us for a brief crash course on common butterflies, followed by a field trip to Mason Farm to see some first-hand. They had perfect butterflying weather – hot and sunny – and saw about 20 different species of butterflies, including Hackberry Emperors, Silvery Checkerspots, and a flurry of Cloudless Sulphurs. Thank you to everyone who was able to join! Stay tuned for more volunteer opportunities summer 2017!
Photo: Undergraduate student Charlotte Hopson is pictured holding a friendly Silvery Checkerspot while excited volunteers take photos.