South Lake Butterfly Count
South Lake Tahoe
Posted By: Tahoe Institute for Natural Science
What is it?
In 2010, TINS initiated an annual butterfly count, centered on Osgood Swamp and encompassing much of the southern Tahoe basin (view map of count circle). The goals of the counts are threefold: to (1) gather data to monitor butterfly populations, (2) give butterfly enthusiasts a chance to socialize and have fun, and (3) to increase public awareness and interest in butterflies and butterfly conservation needs. Experts from around the state have joined the Tahoe count, but in most years, all are welcome. We primarily use the count to generate interest in butterflies, and in most years beginners can have a great time learning the basics, but with COVID we have had to do things a little differently, simply assigning portions of the count circle to individuals and pairs of experienced butterfly lovers to survey.
With COVID-related precautions and policies changing rapidly, we may be able to get back to a more typical count strategy, but we won’t be sure until we get closer to the date itself, and we will most likely have to wait until 2022 before we open up the count to large groups of beginners. However, for anyone interested in participating, please contact Will Richardson to be kept up to date on the latest information regarding the 2021 count.
For more information on the annual South Lake Tahoe NABA Butterfly Count itself, click HERE.