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Kauffman Museum to host Butterfly Count

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- If you like butterflies, the fifth annual Harvey County Butterfly Count should be on your schedule for Saturday, July 17. Participants will meet at 8:30 a.m. at Kauffman Museum, 27th and Main, North Newton. Cost is $3.50; children under 12 are free and must be accompanied by an adult. "I encourage people to participate in the count even if they cannot identify all butterflies. There will be leaders who can make the identifications," says Dwight Platt of North Newton. Platt, the count organizer, is a retired Bethel College biology professor.

The census, sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association, has been held annually since 1975. Volunteers in North America select a count area with a 15-mile diameter and conduct a one-day census of all butterflies observed within that circle. The counts are usually held within a few weeks of July 4.

Last year’s count in Harvey County was the only one in Kansas. The 17 observers saw 1,312 butterflies of 52 species.

To participate in the count, contact Dwight Platt, 702 NE 24th St., Newton, KS 67114, (316) 283-6708, platword@southwind.net, or contact Kauffman Museum at (316) 283-1612. Please indicate if you will participate all day or half day and whether you can lead a group. Those participating all day will need to bring sack lunches for noon.

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