If Hayhurst’s scallopwings and pearl crescents are some of your favorite insects, the fourth annual Harvey County Butterfly Count will interest you. The count is scheduled for Saturday, July 12. At 8:30 a.m. volunteers will meet at Kauffman Museum at 27th and Main in North Newton and are expected to count butterflies outside for all day or half a day. The count will end at 5 p.m. Organized by Dwight Platt, volunteers for the Butterfly Count will gather information for the North American Butterfly Association (NABA). NABA compiles results from butterfly counts across the United States and uses those results for scientific monitoring of butterfly populations. Platt, who is retired after a 40-year career as biology professor at Bethel College, serves as the prairie reconstruction consultant for Kauffman Museum.
Individuals who know butterflies will accompany each counting group so amateur counters are welcome.
Cost is $3.50 for anyone over 12 years of age. To register for the count or receive more information, contact Dwight Platt at (316) 283-6708 or Andi Schmidt Andres, curator of education for Kauffman Museum, at (316) 283-1612.