2022 Southern Illinois Workshops

Fall Gathering

Another get together and sharing session for all S.I. monitors (and any monitor who wants to come) is arranged for September 28! The meeting will be held at 11 AM in the top floor of Morris Library, SIU Campus room 752/754. There is metered parking available and, if we choose a lunch or break/snack time, there are tables outside.

  1. A discussion of concerns/questions about monitoring led by Pat Dunbar;
  2. A slide Butterfly presentation by Anne Parmley, with notes particular to each species;
  3. An overview of the Dragonfly/Damselfly monitoring program by Mary McCarthy and Pat Dunbar (Yes, we’re trying to peak your interest in that too);
  4. And a show and tell session of individual monitors’ images by Mary McCarthy. For inclusion, please submit your digital images to Mary at Muskeg267@gmail.com (Images may be for teaching or amusing purposes, and need not be perfect photos- just something you’d like to share.)
    After the meeting, a group butterfly/ode walk is an option for anyone interested.

Beginner Workshop

This year’s beginner training workshop for Southern IL will be held jointly with the Illinois Odonate Survey (IOS) on zoom. The workshop consists of two sections. The first covers how to get started monitoring in both programs and how to follow the survey protocols. The rest will focus on butterfly and dragonfly/damselfly identification.

Saturday, March 12th, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
1. IBMN/IOS General Training
2. Top 30 Butterflies
3. Intro to Odonate Identification
Register on zoom

Further Butterfly Identification

We are also offering training for further butterfly identification. This session will consist of two sections, the first will cover butterfly species encountered in Southern IL that didn’t quite make the beginner’s checklist. The second section will be an introduction and dive into skipper identification.

Sunday, March 13th, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
1. Beyond the Beginner’s Checklist
2. Making Sense of the Skippers
3. Intro to Odonate Identification
Register on zoom

Field Experiences

Attention all Butterfly and Odonate monitors (and those wanting to learn about becoming a monitor)—-
Save the dates- Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1st Doug Taron and Allen Lawrence will lead butterfly monitoring field walks in Southern Illinois! A little about dragonfly monitoring will also be provided. Come to retune your identification skills, renew your enthusiasm and have fun together.

  • Saturday 4-30-22: The first walk will be held from 10AM to noon, at the Crab Orchard NWR Headquarters Prairie. All are welcome and a brief overview of the program will be included for newcomers. Meet at the Harmony Trail parking lot on Pigeon Creek road (by the pollinator gardens.) Lunch is on your own from 12-1 PM. There are picnic tables at the site. From there we will caravan to the Refuge East Bay site, and walk an old road thru a wetland area from 1-3 PM.
  • Sunday 5-1-22: Walks will be held at Giant City State Park. We will meet at 10:00 at the Visitor Center, and spend the morning in the public part of the park. People should pack a lunch, as we will picnic near the visitor center then head for the Allen Pond site for another walk from 1-3 PM.

Participants of all skill levels can come to any or all walks. As always, come in sturdy shoes and dressed appropriately for Southern Illinois Spring trail walking. Yes, despite our recent cold weather, there are already lively ticks and chiggers, and poison ivy is starting to leaf out.

Though we are not actively recruiting new IBMN and IOS monitors in Southern Illinois this year, new monitors would be welcome. A few routes are available, and a few more could be mapped. Feel free to forward this message to friends interested in the program (but no general social media posts or public announcements please.)

Happy butterfly and dragonfly trails to you!