Butterfly ID Hike

This program may be scheduled for any age group and requires at least 2 weeks of advance notification limited to center staff and volunteer availability. Participants in this program must be able to tolerate walking on loose sand soil for a distance of no less than 1 mile in the climate typically represented in the time of year you book your program. Water, bug spray and sunblock are recommended. The length of this program is 3 hours. This program is offered March through November only.

Introduction:

Florida’s mild climate makes this state a wonderful location to explore the diverse world of butterflies. People of all ages can appreciate the nearly 100 species found at the Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area as easily as gazing through our back window into our bird and butterfly garden. This program will introduce students to the families of butterflies found in our area and to some simple steps for making a correct ID.

Pre-visit recommendations:

  1. Review terms:
    • Butterfly body parts
  2. Review migration maps and flyways for the monarch butterfly

Activities:

  • Power Point introduction to butterfly identification, what to look for, how to use a field guide
  • Introduction to binoculars, parts and correct use
  • Butterfly Bingo Card distribution
  • Binocular test
  • Field exercise to identify butterflies around the Chinsegut property
  • A look at butterfly host plants
  • Butterfly game – specific game will be selected based on student group age
  • Review and evaluation

Post Visit:

  • Visit Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail sites.
  • Purchase or build a butterfly box or a few and watch for inhabitants.
  • Place butterfly feeders in the school yard.
  • Discuss the decline in numbers of monarch butterflies


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