Rowe Sanctuary Event Aims to Help Declining Butterfly Species

Male Regal Fritillary (left) and female Regal Fritillary (right). Photo courtesy Rowe Sanctuary.
June 13, 2019 - 2:01pm

A Nebraska conservation group wants the public to help collect data on a butterfly species with a declining population.

The Rowe Sanctuary, near Gibbon, Nebraska, is hosting the 41st annual Butterfly Count on June 26. The focus of the count this year is the regal fritillary.

Anne Winkel, the community outreach assistant at the Rowe Sanctuary, said participants in this community science project will help collect data that will be sent directly to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. 

“It’s a good way for people to feel like they’re engaged in their environment, in the place where they live and just keep an eye on some important species,” Winkel said.

She said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is close to listing the regal fritillary as endangered and the recent population decline is because of the loss of Midwestern prairies. The event will begin at 10 a.m. To RSVP, contact Winkel at or call 308-468-5282.



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