The 2015 Tippecanoe Butterfly Encounter will take place Saturday, July 18 at the Evonik Wildlife Habitat near Lafayette, Indiana. At this event, I briefly discuss butterfly ecology, then the public goes on nature walks, identifying and counting butterflies. One of the questions will be whether the local population of Monarch Butterflies increases this year. After the lowest overwintering population on record in the winter of 2013-14, the 2014-2015 population roughly doubled. The population is still one of the lowest recorded but it is an upward trend. Will we count more Monarchs this year?
In a walk-through to check the condition of the trails (they are beautiful) I noted about a dozen Monarchs and several milkweed plants with caterpillars. I observed this mating pair flying past and then landing on foliage. The Monarchs are trying to increase their population!
If you go, the program starts at 1 pm. Butterfly Count is from 1:30 to 3 pm. At 3 pm, we will start tabulating the number of species and individuals. You need not be an expert to participate. If you are curious about butterflies, this is a great opportunity to learn.