Date: Mon, 22 May 2023 08:59:04 -0400 (EDT)
From: \Lior Carlson\ (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: Help Survey Moths in Under-reported NC Counties!
Fellow Leps Lovers,
Backyard Butterflies is seeking participants for our NC Under-reported Coun=
Mothing Project (NCUCMP) citizen science program. Many counties in NC have
less than 20 verified observations of moths. That means there are gaps in
population and distribution data. We can change that! Here's how:
The NC Under-reported County Mothing Project (NCUCMP) conducts two consecut=
night surveys in an under-reported county in NC. Participants will learn how
to light trap moths, make observations, and make preliminary IDs. All ages =
experience levels are welcome. All that's needed is a desire to learn how to
light trap moths and record observations. For experienced moth-ers these
surveys will provide you with an opportunity to see habitat specific moths.
Lodging accommodations at the survey site for participants is provided for
free. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to the moth
survey site, travel, meal and incidental expenses. Survey sites are AirBnB
rental houses with a backyard that looks suitably "mothy". The properties =
be previewed here: https://www.backyardbutterflies.org/surveys-bnb/
To become a participant you will be required to create a user account on the
Backyard Butterflies website, complete an online orientation, and submit a
registration form. The registration form requires proof of vaccination and
that you have an iNaturalist account. If you don=E2=80=99t have an iNatural=
you can create one for free. We will be using iNaturalist to help with
preliminary identification and centralizing our observations. Using your
phone's camera will work -- no need for a fancy camera.
Project website to become a participant: www.backyardbutterflies.org/ncucmp.
On the website you will be able to learn more about the project and see data
from last year's surveys. Once you create and account and complete
registration you will be able to sign-up for individual surveys.
Please contact me if you have any questions.