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The USFS South Platte Ranger District staff are gearing up for another year of population monitoring for the federally listed Pawnee montane skipper butterfly. This process will occur on weekdays August 16 to August 31 depending on “Skipper” activity and weather conditions.  No prior experience with butterflies is necessary.

Pawnee Montane Skipper Butterfly. Photo courtesy of the USFS.

Volunteers are needed to assist in monitoring the threatened butterfly sub-species Hesperia leonardus montana, the Pawnee Montane Skipper. Monitoring will consist of using binoculars to identify and record the number and gender of skipper butterflies, as well as information about nearby host plants and trees.

Volunteers should be 18 years of age and physically fit enough to hike off-trail in steep country for a whole day.

Volunteers will be hiking through the ponderosa pine forests of the foothill mountains southwest of Denver. The USFS is aiming to visit all of the forest thinning transects north of Deckers, Colorado. Those who are planning to volunteer are asked to contact if they are planning to volunteer.

Click here to learn more or to sign up.