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Our Mission:

The Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network engages citizen scientists in the process of collecting quantitative data on butterfly populations. Our goal is to provide data collected with a standardized protocol that allows land managers to evaluate long-term trends in a changing landscape. The Network also offers opportunities for fellowship, mentorship, and continuing education between citizen scientists and professional biologists.

Check out the About Us page to learn more about how to join the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network.


2024 Winter Workshop

Mark your calendars! Our 2024 Winter Gathering will be held on Saturday, March 9th from 9:30am to noon. We are offering two ways to attend this year: in person at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum or virtually via Zoom!

Join us for our annual chance to meet and greet with other monitors, see how the program is going, and learn more about how our data are being used. This year’s guest speaker is Leslie Ries, assistant professor at Georgetown University who is currently doing a rotation at the National Science Foundation. Leslie was instrumental in setting up PollardBase and continues to be active in overseeing the national database. She will be talking about how are data are being used, including presenting information about an upcoming scientific paper that uses IBMN data.

Register for the event here.