Local butterfly citizen science project led by Steve Cary is Saturday, July 22. Courtesy photo
The community is invited to participate in the annual Annual Dorothy Hoard Butterfly Count July 22 to honor the memory of Dorothy Hoard by fluttering to three places around the Pajarito Plateau: atop a mesa, at a high altitude and along a stream. This event is for beginners, experts and everyone in between.
New Mexico butterfly expert Steve Cary will be present to help identify butterflies and discuss their life histories.
The first count is 9-10:45 a.m. at the Burnt Mesa Trailhead in Bandelier off N.M. 4. The group will move to Camp May 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., where participants will stop to eat lunch. The final stop 1:45-3:15 p.m. is Cañon de Valle along N.M. 501. Butterfly counters are welcome to stay for the whole day or opt to only count at some locations.
Born and raised in the Upper Midwest, Steve Cary earned his B.S. and M.S. from the Geography Department at the University of Wisconsin. He arrived in New Mexico in 1980 and began a 30-year career in environmental protection and natural resource management. Butterflies have always been Cary’s passion, and he has published scientific and popular articles on these amazing creatures.
Through countless walks and talks around the state, he has become New Mexico’s unofficial butterfly guy. New Mexico Magazine published his book, Butterfly Landscapes of New Mexico, in 2009. Having concluded his career in New Mexico state government in 2010, Cary is now the Operations and Resource Manager at the Randall Davey Audubon Center in Santa Fe.
Registration is required for this event, and admission is free for kids and $5/adult. Bring binoculars, cameras, nets, sturdy walking shoes, a lunch, and water. Some nets will be provided.