Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network

The Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network engages citizen scientists in the process of collecting quantitative data on butterfly populations.

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About Us / How to Join

Our Mission:

The Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network engages citizen scientists in the process of
collecting quantitative data on butterfly populations.  Our goal is to provide data
collected with a standardized protocol that allows land managers to evaluate long-term trends
in a changing landscape.  The Network also offers opportunities for fellowship, mentorship,
and continuing education between citizen scientists and professional biologists.

Requirements:

  • Click on the Apply Now button and submit an application form.
  • Attend a training before beginning to monitor.
  • Receive a site assignment from the IBMN. The IBMN supports monitoring on public lands only.
  • Visit your site 6 to 8 times between Memorial Day weekend and August 8.
  • Conduct a 1-2 hour survey on each visit.
  • Submit your data online.

We also provide ongoing training and support from the network leaders.

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