Butterfly Pavilion and Sand Creek Partner on Dragonfly and Butterfly Monitoring

March 26, 2019

The Sand Creek Regional Greenway partnered with Butterfly Pavilion (BP; Westminster, CO) on the Colorado Dragonfly Monitoring Project in 2018. That citizen science project aims to track dragonfly populations over time in as many locations as possible to learn about the impacts of climate change and landuse changes on these amazing animals that have flown the skies since the time of the dinosaurs. Dragonflies are indicators of ecosystem health, as they require relatively clean, especially during their larval stages. Volunteers who participated in the past loved their experience. As Jennifer Posser said, “I loved it. I think one of the benefits for me is that I learned about the dragonflies. I really enjoyed going to the same spot once every week or so and observing the changes in the whole environment . . . . from early spring to fall. It was fascinating. I am looking forward to doing it again this year.” The dragonfly project needs more volunteer citizen scientists and trainings are held each spring, so if you are interested, please contact Beth Nobles at bnobles@sandcreekgreenway.org or Sara Stevens at sstevens@butterflies.org.

NEW! Sand Creek Greenway is hosting a new volunteer opportunity for monitoring butterflies! This is a parallel program to the dragonfly monitoring. Training will be held Sunday, May 19 from 10-3 in Sand Creek Greenway’s offices (7350 E. 29th Ave, Suite 300 conference room, Denver) and will be led by the Butterfly Pavilion’s Kathryn Hokamp. If you’re interested in volunteering in this effort, please contact Beth Nobles at bnobles@sandcreekgreenway.org or Kathryn Hokamp at khokamp@butterflies.org

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About the Greenway

The Sand Creek Regional Greenway is a jewel in the necklace of trails that has made Denver a national model for linked trail systems.

This 14-mile public greenway connects the High Line Canal in Aurora, Colorado with the South Platte River Greenway in Commerce City. Along the way, it passes through northeast Denver and the new Stapleton community.

The Sand Creek Regional Greenway is open every day from dawn until dusk. Runners, walkers, nature viewers, horseback riders, and leashed dogs are encouraged to enjoy the trail. We invite you to become acquainted with our wilderness in the city.


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