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Annual Charleston Butterfly Blitz

It's fun!

It's free!

It's outside!

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The annual Charleston Butterfly Blitz is a community effort to record as many butterflies as possible in the Charleston, IL area during the last week of July.


All photos of butterflies submitted to iNaturalist that are observed in Coles County during that time period count toward the Blitz. 


Check back for updates on the upcoming Butterfly Blitz 2024!

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To sign up for iNaturalist, click on the button or download the iNaturalist app. Using the app is free & easy - check out our short tutorial video (below) and look at the video tutorials available on the iNaturalist website!

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Step 1: Get the iNaturalist app and watch our 4 min video on how to use it!

Step 2: Find and take pictures of butterflies in Coles County!

Good places to look are the UBI butterfly hotspots, unmown roadsides with flowers, Douglas Hart Nature Center, The Whiteside Garden, Warbler Bottoms (part of Warbler Ridge), and Fox Ridge State Park.

Step 3: Submit your butterfly photos to iNaturalist!


It's easy!

Submitting even one butterfly from Coles County found during Blitz week helps!

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

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