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Butterfly Diversity: a community-powered survey

Come join for a day of fun and volunteering with a butterfly survey! The Vesper Meadow Restoration Preserve is part of a new Cascade-Siskiyou region-wide effort to document butterfly diversity through the standard “Pollard Walk” survey method.


No experience necessary for this community science effort: we’ll go over the basic protocol and help with butterfly ID. Participants will learn local species and help contribute to scientific understanding of the meadow pre-restoration activities.

This is a great way to get involved in local science, understand the biodiversity of the Cascade-Siskiyou region, and support the Vesper Meadow biological monitoring efforts.

Instruction and butterfly ID resources will be provided.

General schedule:

12noon Introduction and overview, begin first 1 km Pollard Walk

1:30pm Lunch/Snack break

2:00pm Begin second 1 km Pollard Walk


  • We’ll be walking on and off-trail with generally moderate and some uneven surfaces

  • Bring a daypack with a sack-lunch, waterbottle, camera/smart phone, sunscreen

  • Wear long pants and close-toed shoes, sunhat recommended.

Self-organized Carpool:

11:15 am Meet in front of Rite Aid in Ashland, it takes about 30 minutes to drive to Vesper Meadow. Look for the colorful flag that marks the end of the driveway, and pull all the way in to park at the turn-around.


Please fill out our mandatory Release form here and RSVP below:

Name *
Please let us know if you have any allergies (bees), concerns, or special needs