Butterfly Monitor Trainings

We are looking for new community scientists to monitor butterfly routes in 2022! In order to become a monitor with the Michigan Butterfly Network you must complete one of the training workshops. Click through the location tabs below to learn more about the trainings in an area near you. For more detailed workshop information, please reach out to the contact listed in your desired location. Registration required.

Choose your location:

Kalamazoo Nature Center

7000 N. Westnedge Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49009 

Virtual Butterfly Monitor Training:
May 13, 2022, 11 am – 1 pm

Learn more and register here >

Binder Park Zoo

7400 Division Dr
Battle Creek, MI 49014

Butterfly Monitor Training: 

Check back for 2022 training dates.

Ann Arbor Parks

Butterfly Monitor Training: 

Virtual training on Thursday, May 12 from 6:00-7:30pm. Register here.

Belle Isle Nature Center

176 Lakeside Dr
Detroit, MI 48207

Butterfly Monitor Training: 

Check back for 2022 training dates.

Friends of the St. Clair River

Butterfly Monitor Training:

Virtual training Tuesday, April 19 from 10am – noon. Event information here.

For information on Friends of the St. Clair River or for information on monitoring in the Port Huron area please reach out to Melissa Kivel at .

Grass River Natural Area

6500 Alden Hwy
Bellaire, MI 49615

Butterfly Monitor Training:

Check back for 2022 training dates.

Presbyterian Chapel of the Lakes

2955 West Orland Rd
Angola, Indiana 46703

Butterfly Monitor Training:

Indoor classroom training – May 6th 6-9 pm
Outdoor training – May 21st 1-4 pm
Contact John to register at .

Chikaming Open Lands

12291 Red Arrow Hwy
Sawyer, MI 49125

Butterfly Monitor Training:

Register for a virtual training here and contact Dan at to register for the in-person field day on Saturday, June 4th.

Oakland University

118 Library Drive
Rochester, MI 48309

Butterfly Monitor Training:

Check back for 2022 training dates.

Eagle Marsh Preservation

6801 Engle Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46804

Butterfly Monitor Training:

Part 1: Virtual training on Friday, May 13th from 11am – 1pm. Register here.

Part 2: In-person field day on Saturday, June 18th from 2:00 – 3:30pm. Register here.

Butterfly Monitoring

North American Butterfly Association July Butterfly Counts

Join us for the 2022 4th of July NABA butterfly counts! SW Michigan dates and locations are as follows:

Butterfly VolunteersAllegan – Saturday, July 2

Rogue River – Tuesday, July 5

Newaygo – Monday, July 11

Muskegon – Thursday, July 14

Kalamazoo – Saturday, July 16

  • In 2021, eight people braved the mosquitos and participated in the Kalamazoo NABA butterfly Count on Saturday July 24th.  We tallied almost 1200 individuals of 35 species.  The highlights were the almost 300 Spicebush Swallowtail found that day along with almost 250 Monarchs. See final count information here.

For more information about the Allegan, Rogue River, Newaygo and Muskegon counts please contact Dennis Dunlap at .

For more information about the Kalamazoo area count please contact John Brenneman at .

These counts take place all over the state (AND country!). Check out the NABA site to find a count nearest you! 

Current Butterfly Monitors: Documents and Resources

Please remember to enter your data at PollardBase and document your hours spent monitoring here.

Important Monitoring Documents

Monarch Butterfly

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