Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Volunteer for Karner Blue Butterfly Surveys 2010

male and female Karner Blue butterflies
male and female Karner Blue butterflies (photo from the National Forest Service)
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from Heather Keogh District Wildlife Biologist, USDA Forest Service, Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District

The Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District, Manistee National Forest, is looking for volunteers to assist with monitoring and management activities for the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly in 2010. Volunteers are needed to help conduct surveys between July and August to assess the status of Karner blue butterfly populations, and evaluate the effectiveness of different management strategies for restoring Karner blue butterfly habitat. In addition, volunteers are needed to collect native plant seed between July and September, and plant seeds and plugs between September and October. There are opportunities for individuals of all skill levels to participate. Training will be provided. Interested parties can volunteer during weekdays, for a few days, or a week or more. Reimbursement for mileage and housing may be available. Paid internships also are available.

Volunteer participation has allowed the Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District to dramatically increase its management and monitoring activities for the Karner blue butterfly. The volunteers, partners, and U.S. Forest Service personnel that have made the KBB recovery program a success were recently recognized for their achievements with the receipt of the prestigious Wings Across the Americas Award for Butterfly Conservation. To those who volunteered during past field seasons, thank you and congratulations! Your participation made this award possible!

The assistance of volunteers is vital to meeting our recovery goals! Please choose to volunteer this year and help conserve a locally endangered species. If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the 2010 field season, please contact me. Also, please distribute the attached notice to anyone you think might be interested in volunteering. Thank you.

See Karner Blue Butterfly 2010 Survey Info
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