Great Bay Butterfly Count


Great Bay Discovery Center (Pavillion)
89 Depot Road
Greenland, NH 03840
United States

Rain Date: July 24, 2024

Join us in the seacoast region of New Hampshire to survey conservation lands protected by the Great Bay Partnership and several town properties. We’ll explore meadows and woodland edges, wetlands and rights of ways looking for butterflies!

Bring lots of water (especially if it is a hot day), sunscreen, hat, binoculars if you have them or a camera, guidebook for identification, and a lunch to eat in the field.

Contact Heidi Holman at NH Fish and Game if you are interested in participating. Letting us know in advance will help to form teams and make sure we have prepared enough maps for locations to visit

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!

Black Swallowtail. Photo by Mark Ellingwood.