Source: Sherman Publications

Butterfly count at Independence Oaks-North

June 22, 2011

Oakland County Parks and Recreation hosts its annual North American Butterfly Count, 12:30-3:30 p.m., June 25, at Independence Oaks-North off Sashabaw Road near Upper Bushman Lake.

“Some species are declining because plants containing larval food, which is where butterflies lay their eggs and their caterpillars develop, are disappearing,” said Kathleen Dougherty, educational recourse specialist.

Last year, counters recorded 152 butterflies of 20 species. The count should be higher this year because of a prescribed burn earlier this year, Dougherty said.

The count will be entered and stored in the North American Butterfly Association’s database.

Also, Six Rivers Regional Land Conservancy hosts a count from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Golden Preserve for Biological Diversity, 11406 Clark Road in Davisburg.

To participate, email For maps and more information, check