On Saturday, July 1, members of the Pollinator Conservation Association (PCA) and Friends of Times Beach invite you to attend a butterfly count, starting at Times Beach Nature Preserve. In order to make this initiative a success, members of the community are encouraged to participate. All it takes is a good eye, and the willingness to join in on this important environmental measure. Participants don’t need to sign up, all they need to do is show up.
“Basically we’re going to have an orientation session Saturday morning (July 1, 9am-noon) for our initial count, which is based on a 15 mile circle starting at Times Beach,” explains Jay Burney, an orchestrator and volunteer. “We started the PCA – a 501C3 – about a year ago, and we are doing lots of projects including restoration and community engagement. We have a lot of things going on, and this count as part of our educational outreach that’ll be going on throughout July.”
A second count will then be held on July 4 (9am-11am).
If you’ve already planted your milkweed, removed invasive species from your yard, and you’re wondering what else you can do to help the various diminishing butterfly species, then get ready to do some counting.
*July 1, meet at Times Beach Nature Preserve on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor at 9 am sharp to talk about the count, and the coverage area. You do not have to register to participate in this orientation session. Bring a notebook, and a camera if you have one. Jay Burney will be the compiler. PCA will establish additional dates for this count as the month proceeds. For more information, Jay Burney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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