Butterflies of Yellowstone
July 13 - 15
George Bumann, M.S.
Flitting among the bluebirds and bison, from mud puddles to lupine, butterflies abound in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem—several species of which can found here and few other places on Earth. We will explore as many of the nearly 135 species living in Yellowstone as possible as well as their sensitivity to local plants, weather, and the passage of the seasons. As you study their field marks, flight characteristics and preferred foods, you will also learn how many butterflies are greatly influenced by the soils, geology, and that some even fill themselves with antifreeze and spend winter in a state of suspended animation! On the second day, of the course you will become a citizen scientist as you participate in the 20th annual Yellowstone Butterfly Count. Your observations will be recorded in the national database that researchers used to track butterfly trends across the United States, Mexico, and Canada.
About the instructor
George Bumann, M.S., can draw, sculpt, and teach about all aspects of Yellowstone. He has a degree in wildlife ecology and works as a professional artist and educator. His art and writing have appeared in popular and scientific publications, and his sculptures can be found in collections throughout the United States and abroad.
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