Conway Area Butterfly Count


Tin Mountain Conservation Center
1245 Bald Hill Rd
Albany, NH 03818
United States

Rain Date: July 21, 2024

The Conway/Tin Mountain Butterfly Count explores the iconic Mount Washington Valley and some its expansive meadows and fields along the Saco River. We also sample sites among the low hills and valleys of Madison, Eaton, and Albany, including old milkweed infested farm fields, cleared summit vistas and even swimming beachfront! Local gardens and well-landscaped woodlands around Tin Mountain Center typically bring in some of the richest diversity among other sites in the region.

What to Bring

Field guides, Binoculars, Camera, Bug Spray, Water, Lunch, waterproof shoes (in case of heavy dew or wet shorelands), adequate clothing for (hopefully) hot & sunny conditions!

A field trip release form must be signed if you participate in this sanctioned field trip (we will provide them). Also, we will have collecting nets and petri dishes to share around; please note that you do not have to net butterflies to participate; we also have several field guides to share.

About the July Butterfly Counts

During the month of July, join the NH Butterfly Monitoring Network to complete a collaborative butterfly survey count across New Hampshire! Volunteers will meet in various parts of the state on a given day to complete an organized survey in a 15-mile diameter count area. A coordinator will help to organize participants providing locations to visit, maps, and datasheets. Participants will work in small teams, providing a great opportunity for learning and connecting with other butterfly enthusiasts while spending the day counting butterflies for a national dataset. Throughout the course of the day, each team will visit 2-4 sites, exploring fields, woodlands and wetlands to observe which species and how many individuals are present. Over time, these results can be used to monitor changes in butterfly populations and study the effects of weather and habitat change on North American butterflies. All butterfly enthusiasts are welcome, with or without prior experience!

Swallowtail butterfly in hand
  • Rick Van de Poll
    Research Director, Tin Mountain Conservation Center