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Service Trips

North Rim Butterfly Count

Butterfly counts help our local wildlife experts gauge the health of the land and how to better steward it.

  • Dates: July 13, 2024
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trip Length: 7 Hours
  • Cost: Free
  • Group size: 40

Join us for a special service project!

Citizen scientists will assist park staff with butterfly counts across the North Rim. Participants will work with lepidopterists (entomologists specializing in studying butterflies and moths) to help monitor the pollinators. This is an excellent opportunity to be part of the scientific work that the park does to understand the butterflies of the Kaibab Plateau. 

Comparisons of the results across years can be used to monitor changes in butterfly populations and study the effects of weather and habitat change on butterflies. This research aims to catalog species richness and abundance of butterflies in the Grand Canyon National Park region. This cataloging effort will supplement and compare data from previous butterfly counts conducted and specimen data collected from the 1930s–1950s by John Garth.

Where: Meet at the Roaring Springs Overlook Kiosk (Ranger Roost) on the east side of the North Rim Visitor Center parking lot.

When: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

What to bring: Sun protection, water, lunch and snacks, a rain jacket, and the iNaturalist app!

Butterfly count 2023
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