Citizens are invited to help count butterflies Saturday on the Pajarito Plateau atop a mesa, at high altitude and streamside. Courtesy photo
The community is invited to join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and butterfly expert Steve Cary for the annual Dorothy Hoard Memorial Butterfly Count, Saturday, July 21.
Participants will spend the day fluttering to three locations around the Pajarito Plateau: atop a mesa, at high altitude and streamside.
This event is perfect for beginners, experts and everyone in between. The event takes place between 9 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. and participants are welcome to come and go throughout the day. Registration is required for this event and admission is $5 per adult and free for kids under 12. Please bring binoculars, cameras, nets, sturdy walking shoes, lunch and water. Some nets will be provided.
The day will begin at Burnt Mesa Trailhead in Bandelier National Monument, off N.M. 4. Counts take place 9-10:45 a.m. The group will then travel to Camp May to count and eat lunch 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Finally, the count will go to Cañon del Valle on N.M. 501, where participants will count 1:45-3:15 p.m.
Steve Cary was born and raised in the Upper Midwest, earning his B.S. and M.S. from the Geography Department at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. 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. After concluding his career in New Mexico State government in 2010. Steve is now the Operations and Resource Manager at the Randall Davey Audubon Center in Santa Fe.