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Surveys, field trips, monthly local walks, and counts are open to anyone interested in seeing or learning about Monterey County butterflies

Participants should bring water and a lunch or snacks. Many outings are all-day.  (monthly local walks are half-day).   You may drive separately if you wish to leave early.  Binoculars and/or camera are recommended; butterfly nets may be used for catch-and-release identification

For meeting time and place, Contact Chris Tenney, 831-241-4820; tenneyx2@mac.com 

Next 2024 outing: Chews Ridge
Wednesday, May 22  temps expected 70-80
 partially a scouting trip, but some possible higher elevation butterflies include sleepy duskywing, pacuvius duskywing, and callippe fritillary; arrowhead blue is a real longshot, seen only once here 

For info on June butterfly counts, browse the Menu above for "Counts"

2024 Outings Schedule
  • surveys (S) precise dates are weather-dependent, and will be posted at least several days before each survey; these surveys often target rare or difficult-to-find species
  • butterfly counts (C) are scheduled for early June; exact dates will be posted following coordination with other California counts
  • field trips (F) are planned for a few species-rich areas at the best time of year; the dates below are only approximate, and will be firmed up as the seasonal phenology progresses
  • monthly peninsula-area walks (W) short half-day trips in the peninsula area; species and numbers will be counted to monitor seasonal changes in local butterfly populations

Outings every month

W: date TBD

Hatton Canyon and Soberanes Creek - on good weather days, butterflies can be active all months of the year in these peninsula-area canyons; species counts vary from just a few in Dec-Jan to 20 or more in May-June

January

S: 1-28-24

Partington Canyon - Sonoran Blue

S: 1-29-24

Hatton Canyon or Partington Canyon

S: date TBD

February

March

S: 3-8-24

F: 3-17 to 3-18

S: 3-15-24

Partington Canyon - Sonoran Blue

Garland Ranch - early scouting trip

King City and Parkfield - possible Edith's Checkerspot, Spring White, etc.

S: 3-20-24

Piney Creek Road - 19 species this week.

S: 3-25 to 3-26

Fort Hunter Liggett - early scouting trip

S: 4-16-24

April

Garland Ranch RP - Sonoran Blue, 15+ species

S: 4-29-24

East Carmel Valley Road - Common Sootywing, Edith's Checkerspot

May

S: 5-1-24

Hatton Canyon and Soberanes creek

S: 5-10-24

East Carmel Valley Road - Common Sootywing, checkerspots

S: 5-15-24

Parkfield area - Lindsey's Skipper, Lupine Blue

S: 5-22-24

Chews Ridge - sleepy and other duskywings, hairstreaks

F: 5-29-24

Pine Canyon Road - hairstreaks, 30+ possible species

S: 6-16-24

Chews Ridge - three fritillary species, silver-spotted skipper, 20+ species

C: 6-7-24

C: 6-8-24

C: 6-9-24

Butterfly count at UC Big Creek Reserve

Butterfly count at UC Hastings Reservation

Butterfly count at Monterey

F: date TBD

Fort Hunter Liggett - hairstreaks, coppers, checkerspots, etc.; 30+ possible species

F: date TBD

Chews Ridge - fritillaries, hairstreaks, coppers, checkerspots, etc.; 30+ possible species

July

F: date TBD

F: date TBD

Fort Hunter Liggett - hairstreaks, coppers, checkerspots, etc.; 30+ possible species

Chews Ridge - fritillaries, hairstreaks, coppers, checkerspots, etc.; 30+ possible species

C: 6-2-24

Butterfly count at Pinnacles National Park

June

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