by Jennifer Wiggen, Senior Educator
Join us for the first-ever BHIC Butterfly BioBlitz! Become a community scientist and help us track the butterflies of Bald Head Island.
There is no experience necessary! All you need to do is download the iNaturalist app and if you see a butterfly, take pictures and upload them to the iNaturalist app! You can participate on your own or come to some of our events happening over the weekend!
How You Can Participate
Step 1: Download the iNaturalist app on your mobile device
The iNaturalist app is free and can be found in the App Store. Our partners at the Museum of Life & Science have created a useful how-to video.
Step 2: Discover nature places like Bald Head Woods Maritime Forest, Kent Mitchell Trail, and The Common at Cape Creek Station during the BioBlitz Weekend of September 23-25 2022
Step 3: Start making observations!
Take a picture and upload it to iNaturalist — whether it’s in your own backyard, the maritime forest, marsh or at the park, you can help us gather valuable data about the butterfly populations on Bald Head Island.
Bald Head Butterfly BioBlitz Events
We are offering the following in-person Bald Head Butterly BioBlitz events listed below.
Fleming Education Center: Butterfly Bonanza & iNaturalist Training | 10-3pm 9/23, 9/24, 9/25
Come discover and learn about the important role butterflies play in nature, and some of the threats that they face. Learn how YOU can help provide for and protect pollinators, what a NC Certified Wildlife Habitat is and the importance of conservation for creating healthy pollinator populations. Butterfly exhibits, specimens and hands-on activities will be available all day.
Come learn how to use the iNaturalist app on your phone, including tips and tricks from local experts. Please download the iNaturalist app prior to this event.
Location: BHI Conservancy Campus
Fleming Education Center: Seashell Butterfly Art | 1-3pm, 9/24
Come create butterflies out of sea shells that you can take home! We’ll make art as we learn about the butterflies of Bald Head Island.
Location: BHI Conservancy Campus, Outdoor Classroom
BHIC Butterfly BioBlitz Nature Walk: The Commons | 1:30-2:30pm, 9/24
Discover the butterflies at The Commons with Morgan Hooks, our Environmental Content Creator! Meet at the BHI Conservancy and take a short walk to The Commons where along the way you’ll document any butterflies you see and then spend time exploring and documenting butterflies in the park.
Location: BHI Conservancy Campus, Circle
BHIC Butterfly BioBlitz Wrap-up | TBD
Make sure to follow us on Social Media! We will share observations from the weekend and special accolades will be given to the best sightings of the week!