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Iowa Butterfly Survey Network Training- Become a Trainer!

On March 18th, Reiman Gardens in Ames, IA will be hosting a train the trainer program for the Iowa Butterfly Survey Network (IBSN). After this training, you will be able to go back to your organization and provide trainings to help recruit more volunteers in this citizen science program. Read below for more information about the program.

The IBSN is a citizen scientist program with the ultimate goal of educating Iowans about butterflies, while at the same time encourage people to take an active role in conservation. To that end, IBSN conducts research using volunteer citizen scientists of all skill levels to collect data for yearly population surveys of butterfly species in Iowa. Volunteers are trained in survey techniques specifically developed for butterflies.

Of the 122 species of butterflies believed to live in Iowa, more than one fourth are listed as endangered, threatened or of special concern” making their long-term survival questionable in the state.

The IBSN uses both citizen scientists and conservation professionals to monitor and survey habitat areas for butterfly populations. ISBN data gives a baseline data for researchers on existing populations and their range, identify potential threats, identify beneficial or potentially harmful land management practices, show effectiveness of habitat restoration efforts, and give an annual snapshot of the health of butterfly populations in Iowa.

The Iowa Butterfly Survey Network was established in 2007 but due to limited data management tools was not able to handle large number of participants.  IBSN is now a part of the North American Butterfly Monitoring Network (NAB-NET) which is a multistate partnership of citizen scientist butterfly survey programs.  NAB-NET has developed an online data entry and management portal for these different state programs including IBSN.  Between the online data management tools and a new mobile app developed at Reiman Gardens for surveying butterfly, IBSN is ready to grow its participant base significantly.

The training will take place at Reiman Gardens from 1:30-5:30p.m. on March 18th in the Garden Room. This will give participants who are also going to the Region 5 NAI workshop time to get to their hotel before the 7:30 social hour that evening. 

Cost: Free

Please e-mail beth.waage@polkcountyiowa.gov if you plan on participating or if you have more questions.

Reiman Gardens Address: 1407 University Blvd, Ames, IA 50011
Website: http://www.reimangardens.com/






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