They had 150 people turn out on the last day in March for the butterfly identification and monitoring workshop held at Wildwood Metropark. That is a legion of lepidopterists, seasoned pros and newcomers alike. The gathering focused on the exchange of information and ideas to boost the effort to enhance habitat for the rare and endangered butterflies that are found in the Oak Openings region.
There were first-timers frantically taking notes while a slideshow covered the various butterfly types known to inhabit the area, and the experts adding detail to the discussion. The event drew folks from all over Ohio, including science teachers, volunteers who will help with upcoming butterfly population surveys, and master gardeners who were broadening their knowledge of the types of plants butterflies prefer as hosts.
More information on the butterflies of Ohio and the Oak Openings region is available in an earlier blog post on this topic.