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June 19, 2017
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Volunteers invited to participate in annual butterfly count July 1

In and around Louisville

In and around Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 19, 2017) — University of Louisville biology professor emeritus Charles Covell and other butterfly specialists will lead an annual count on July 1 that will contribute to the national butterfly census. The public is invited to participate in the count and learn how to identify species in UofL’s Horner Wildlife Sanctuary and other nearby property in Oldham County.

2Q==Experts will supply nets, but counters also can use cameras, binoculars and notebooks to gather information. Children are welcome to attend. The count takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. but participants are not required to attend the entire time.

Covell suggests that participants wear sturdy hiking shoes, hats, long pants and long-sleeved shirts and bring lunch, water, suncreen and insect repellent.

Volunteer counters should meet at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Sugar Babe Antiques, 7511 Highway 329 in Crestwood, about one mile northwest of Interstate 71’s Exit 14 and about 20 miles north of Louisville. In case of bad weather the count will be postponed until July 2.

Last year, 30 volunteers counted 965 from 39 species adding to the 39-year total of 70 species with more than 32,000 butterflies tabulated.

Covell and Richard Henderson of Louisville co-founded the Society of Kentucky Lepidopterists for the study of butterflies and moths in 1974. Covell wrote “Butterflies and Moths of Kentucky” and the 1984 Peterson “Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America.”

For more information, contact Covell at 502-639-2691 or [email protected].

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