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Celebrating Independence Day often involves fun in the great outdoors. Here’s an option for the whole, nature-loving family: participate in the annual butterfly count.
University of Louisville biology professor emeritus Charles Covell will lead the butterfly census expedition Saturday at UofL’s Horner Wildlife Sanctuary in Oldham County.
Volunteers should meet at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the former Brownsboro Eatery/general store, a mile northwest of Exit 14 off Interstate 71. If it rains heavily, the count will be postponed to the same time Sunday. Participants will divide into teams and learn how to identify and count butterflies in a defined area from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., although volunteers are not required to stay for the entire time.
Information they gather will be reported to the North American Butterfly Association for its published results. Last year’s count yielded 39 species and more than 1,100 individual butterflies. Covell recommends that volunteers wear hats, long pants and long-sleeved shirts and bring water, lunch, sunscreen and insect repellent.
Covell will supply nets, but the group also can use binoculars, cameras and notebooks to gather information.
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