Butterfly counters needed by the Clermont parks

July 22nd, 2010    Author: Staff Report    Filed Under: Community

Can you tell the difference between a swallowtail and a Pearl Crescent butterfly?  You will be able to, if you become a citizen scientist with the Clermont County Park District.

Volunteers are needed to take part in the weekly butterfly count at the Chilo Lock #34 Park in Franklin Township.

“It’s a great outdoor activity for the entire family,” said Clermont Parks’ naturalist Laura Hoople.  “The count helps us determine seasonal flight patterns, and whether new species of the winged creatures are moving into the area.”

Last year, more than 30 species of butterflies were found at the Chilo Lock #34 Park and the nearby Crooked Run Nature Preserve.

One species of butterfly that had not been spotted in the area in previous years, the Harvester butterfly, was found last year.

"Every week through September, we'll walk through the Chilo Park to count butterflies," said Hoople. "Citizens are welcome to take part in as many of the counts as they would like.  All ages are welcome and you can bring nets and binoculars to see the butterflies up close."

For more information about this or other park programs, visit the Web site www.parks.clermontcountyohio.gov or call (513) 876-9013.
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