Charleston Butterfly Blitz 2020

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The Charleston Butterfly Blitz is a community effort to record as many butterflies as possible in the Charleston, Illinois area from Saturday, July 25th to Sunday, August 2nd, 2020. Any photos of butterflies submitted to iNaturalist that were originally observed in Coles County during that time period will count toward the Blitz.

By participating in the Blitz, you are helping identify and track the variety of butterflies in our area as well as contributing valuable, publicly accessible, scientific data on our butterfly populations. 


See below for Prizes!


We are especially interested in butterflies found at the Urban Butterfly Initiative hotspots in the Charleston area. These include sites at the Charleston Public Library, Reasor Park, Woodyard Conservation Area, Lake Charleston, Fox Ridge State Park, and along Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail (including trail heads at 6th street, North Park, and near Decker Springs road).


For a map showing the location of these UBI hotspots, click the "UBI Hotspots button." To keep track of the Blitz progress, click "Blitz Progress." And to sign up for a FREE iNaturalist account, click on the iNaturalist button.

PRIZES: Each participant that submits at least one butterfly observation from Coles County to iNaturalist during our Blitz will receive a 10% discount on any in-stock accessory from Bike & Hike-Charleston (must be redeemed by August 31, 2020).


There will also be prizes for most observations submitted and most different species (including $100 off any bike purchase from Bike & Hike, $75 off labor for Bike & Hike-Charleston, a free water bottle, or t-shirt from Bike & Hike). Top contributors should contact the Urban Butterfly Initiative after August 2nd to arrange to pick up their prize (on Facebook or at 

The Charleston Butterfly Blitz is co-sponsored by the Urban Butterfly Initiative (, BIKE & HIKE-Charleston, the Grand Prairie Butterfly Club (join the group on Facebook!), the City of Charleston, Eastern Illinois University, and Fox Ridge State Park.

Results of Previous Blitzes

2019 Butterfly Blitz

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