North American Butterfly Association Butterfly Count

Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The summer North American Butterfly Association Butterfly Count will be held Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Congaree National Park staff members David Shelley and Frank Henning and Carolina Butterfly Society members Marty and David Kastner are organizing the annual event.

Participants will spend the day conducting field observations counting butterflies along the trail system and within various habitats of the park. The count will last until about 4 p.m., weather permitting. Please come for all or just part of the day.

We will meet at 9 a.m. at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center.  All ages and experience levels are welcome.  Appropriate clothing is required of all participants, including long pants and closed-toed shoes that attach to the feet. Sun protection, bug spray, water, snacks, and a sack lunch are recommended.  Binoculars are recommended as well, but not required. A limited supply of binoculars will be available for use during this program, and these may be reserved ahead of time at the front desk.  This program is free, but space is limited. Advance reservations are requested.

For more information please contact David Shelley, education coordinator of the Old-Growth Bottomland Forest Research and Education Center, at or (803) 647-3966.

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