Volunteers at Western Colorado Botanical Gardens are training to take part in a national butterfly count.
This will be the first butterfly count in our area. Organizers say butterfly counts are important for census data to track migration patterns and know what kind of butterflies are coming through the valley. Organizers are getting groups together to learn how to capture and identify butterflies. Next year, they'll participate in the official count.
"Typically you get a fifteen mile radius to search for butterflies you can see and have groups of four so you can cover the area efficiently and then you have them stationed throughout the valley and compile a list at the end of the period there," Western Colorado Botanical Gardens’ Timothy Ponder said.
If you're interested in participating in the count, you can call 257-1718.