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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.

2023 Winter Gathering

Mark your calendars! Our 2023 Winter Gathering will be held on Saturday, March 11th 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! Come join us to hear our annual IBMN updates and socialize with other monitors. The keynote, Collaborative Conservation Efforts to Help Save the Rarest Butterflies, will be presented by Jaret Daniels, Assistant Professor and Curator at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Florida Museum of Natural History.

Register for the event here.