Report and share your butterfly observations, photographs, and collections to promote scientific discovery
Come one, come all butterfly enthusiasts. eButterfly is now available to organize and store your observations and virtual collections of North American butterflies. Having trouble remembering where you took that picture of the two-tailed swallowtail in your garden? Want to know what you caught last year at your favorite field site? Need to find out where you can look for butterflies locally? Enter your observations and photos in eButterfly and you can have this information at your fingertips whenever you access your account on the website. Also your data can be combined with observations from other members of eButterfly to understand the impacts of global change on butterfly distributions and abundance.
On Saturday, Feb. 16, the Alberta Lepidopterists' Guild will gather in Edmonton to launch its newest project, a Butterfly Atlas for Alberta. An afternoon symposium will feature talks by Maxim Larrivée of eButterfly Canada, Katy Prudic of eButterfly USA, Greg Breed, John Acorn, Charley Bird, and Felix Sperling. Once it is up and running, the atlas will accept records both through eButterfly, and directly, as spreadsheets. This will be the fourth such butterfly atlas for Canada, and it celebrates the 20th anniversary of the book Butterflies of Alberta. With approximately 175 species, Alberta has a fascinating butterfly fauna, ranging from badlands to mountaintop species. The Alberta Lepidopterists' Guild is a small but enthusiastic group of moth and butterfly enthusiasts, very nicely positioned to take on a project of this nature. As the butterfly season rapidly approaches, Canada's newest atlas project has already received news of an active mourning cloak near the city of Lethbridge.