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Butterflies are Counting on You – Join in on the July Butterfly Count

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.

Start at Times Beach and work throughout the Outer Harbor area including the Bell Slip and Tifft Nature Preserve. This map is the approximate count area for this. Participants will not be going to all places on the first day of the count – there’s a system in place. You can do your own count within this circle – even on your own time if you want. Just coordinate with Jay Burney.

*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

Stay tuned for additional information by visiting PCA on Facebook.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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