NWA Citizen Science Butterfly Project

Butterflies are not only one of the most specious groups of animals on the planet, but they are also highly seasonal, and important pollinators for many of our local and crop plants.

We are collaborating with the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks and the citizens of the greater Northwest Arkansas region to document and track the seasonality and abundance of our local butterfly species, and to determine broad patterns of butterfly behavior and sensory ecology.

We officially launched our NWA Butterfly Behavior project this spring, and celebrated by teaching kindergarteners about light and butterfly signaling during the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks annual Earth Day celebration. (Link to a photo by the NWA Democrate-Gazette)