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Butterfly Monitoring

Nongame Program Seeking Citizen Science Volunteers

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Track Butterflies for Conservation Research

New Hampshire Fish and Game is seeking volunteers to count and identify butterflies across New Hampshire. Sightings will provide valuable data on how species ranges are changing over time. Your data can help support conservation of at-risk butterfly species.


Did You Know?

  • New Hampshire has over 130 documented butterfly species
  • Adults of different species can be seen during different seasons
  • Long-term monitoring can identify species that need conservation action
  • Threats include loss of habitat, climate change and pesticide use
  • Volunteers may find new species arriving in the state as our climate warms


Get Started

It's easy to start contributing data. Download iNaturalist and eButterfly apps to record sightings in local areas, parks, or even your own backyard! eButterfly also lets you build a species list to record sightings over time.


Stay Tuned for Updates

The Butterfly Monitoring Network is an ongoing volunteer project to collect long-term data on butterfly species. Volunteers can get further involved by attending upcoming trainings or joining a North American Butterfly Association (NABA) point count.

Upcoming Training

NH Fish and Game and partners will host a series of butterfly ID trainings over the next few years. Planned trainings include:

Regional Clubs – Meet monthly to learn butterfly identification. You'll learn how to identify families of butterflies like swallowtails, brushfoots, gossamer wings and skippers! The final meeting will go over monitoring and provide tips for identifying species in the field.

Half day trainings – Learn about common butterflies in New Hampshire, along with techniques for observation and field identification.

Look for more information on these trainings in 2022.

NABA Point Counts

American Lady The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) conducts annual surveys to collect data on butterfly species across North America. These surveys provide insight into how habitat and weather changes affect butterfly populations.

NABA surveys require four or more volunteers to collect data within a 15-mile radius between 10 am-3 pm. You can learn more at:


Contact Heidi Holman at or (603)-271-3018