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Bedford Audubon Invites Residents To July Butterfly Count

Bedford Audubon invites residents to experience the North American Butterfly Association’s butterfly count.
Bedford Audubon invites residents to experience the North American Butterfly Association’s butterfly count. Photo Credit: Bedford Audubon

BEDFORD, N.Y. -- The Bedford Audubon Society invites residents to join the North American Butterfly Association’s 30th annual Butterfly Count on Sunday, July 5.

Please register with Jeffrey Glassberg at glassberg@naba.org or 973.285.0907. The rain date is Sunday, July 6.

Counters will gather at 8 a.m. at the Mt. Kisco Starbucks, 41 S. Moger Ave. A compilation dinner is set for after the count at 6 p.m.

No experience or knowledge of butterflies is necessary. Beginning butterfly enthusiasts will be paired with experienced butterfliers — this is a great opportunity to learn to identify butterflies from the pros.

An estimated 20,000 butterfly species exist worldwide. That includes about 725 species in North America north of Mexico, with about 575 species regularly occurring in the lower 48 states.

“Bedford Audubon is proud to support NABA’s Count," said Janelle Robbins, executive director at Bedford Audubon.

"Like Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count, the Butterfly Count is largely conducted by citizen scientists. Without these dedicated volunteers, scientists just wouldn’t have access to this important information about what’s happening in our environment.”

"The data collected in the annual Count is used by scientists to answer questions about changes in butterfly abundance, distribution, and biology due to changes in land use, pesticides, and climate change,” said NABA’s President Jeffrey Glassberg.

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