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Schedule Butterfly Counts Summer 2024 for Southeast Arizona, by Fred Heath

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Dear SEABA Members and Butterfly Friends, our local summer NABA sponsored butterfly counts will be starting a month from now. Last year because of the late start for the monsoon rains (July 17) and record setting high temperatures in July, many of these counts recorded less than average numbers of species and individuals. This year the monsoon rains have already started in the last few days. Sabino Canyon recorded more than 2.5" of rain in less than 2 hours on June 22! Will this translate to copious butterflies on this year's counts? Join one or more these upcoming counts to find out. The counts are open to all. Please contact the listed compilers for further details. (Tawny Emperor pictured) Santa Rita Mountains Summer Friday July 26, 2024 Compiler: Greg Greene (greenecycle at hotmail.com) The Count Circle includes Montosa, Madera, Florida, Box and Gardner Canyons and surrounding areas in the Santa Rita Mountains. Santa Rita Mountains counts are held twice, one in the summer and one in the fall. Last year this count recorded 69 species. Ramsey Canyon Sunday July 28, 2024 Compiler: Doug Danforth (dougofbis at gmail.com) This count circle includes the area from the Huachuca Mountains to the San Pedro River and Ramsey Canyon to the Mexican Border. The Ramsey Canyon count, which has been run for 44 years, is usually in the top 5 for species nationally. Sabino Canyon Summer Tuesday July 30, 2024 Compiler: Greg Greene (greenecycle at hotmail.com) The count circle includes Sabino Canyon proper as well as all the areas along the Catalina Highway up to Mount Lemmon itself. There are two Sabino Canyon counts, one in the spring and one in the summer. The spring count which has already been run this year, finds most of its species in the lower parts of the circle, while this summer count does much better in the higher and cooler elevations. A White-striped Longtail was among the better butterflies found last year. Portal Friday, August 2, 2024 Compiler: Lori Conrad (lconrad6853 at gmail.com) The count circle includes the Chiricahua Mountains from Portal to Rustler and Barfoot Parks and the SW Research Station. In 2023 the Portal count recorded 83 species which was the highest count in Arizona and may well be the highest in the nation. Patagonia Sunday, August 4, 2024 Compiler: Rich Bailowitz (rbailowitz at gmail.com) The count circle includes Patagonia, AZ and vicinity with an excellent variety of habitats. This is why the Patagonia count is usually one of the top three species-wise in the nation.

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