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Counting Butterflies to Monitor Their Trends 

“Over the years butterflies have been declining in numbers, and we want to see if there is any help that we do by planting more butterfly plants in our community,” Debbie Hughes, Senior Horticulturist at Edison and Ford Winter Estates, said.

The North American Butterfly Association has been doing a count for the past 43 years to collect data so scientists can monitor butterfly trends.

The Edison and Ford Winter Estates put a group together for the second year in a row to count butterflies at a few locations across Southwest Florida.

Last year the group counted 19 species and 134 total butterfly sightings.

This year’s numbers aren’t in yet, but at least 70 butterflies were spotted at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, and the rest of the tally will come from counts that took place at Lakes Park, Rotary Park, and Powell Creek Preserve on Friday.

Here’s a link to check out the North American Butterfly Association’s map of counts nationwide.

If you’re looking to expand your garden and attract butterflies, milkweed or passionflower.

The NABA also provides garden guides for the Southwest Florida area.

Reporting by Brittany Muller

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