From 2002 to 2007, participants attempted to verify the presence of as many species of butterfly as possible within spatially defined atlas blocks across the state, noting a variety of other data with each record. Atlas blocks were based on USGS topographic quadrangles. Each quad was divided into six equal blocks for a total of 1,104 blocks of approximately three square miles each. The result is the most detailed database of the spatial and seasonal distribution of Vermont butterflies ever compiled. The atlas is scheduled to be repeated every 25 years.
Vermont Butterfly Survey
Coordinator: McFarland, Kent
Program Started: 2007
Institutional Affiliation: Vermont Center for Ecosystem Studies
Institution Type: NGO
Data Availability: Species accounts and maps available online. Raw data available to researchers upon request.
Species Focus: All butterfly species
Protocol Type: Atlas
Data Type(s): Abundance, Other
Vermont Wildlife Action Plan Team. 2015. Vermont Wildlife Action Plan 2015. Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Montpelier, VT
McFarland, K.P. and S. Zahendra. 2010. The Vermont Butterfly Survey, 2002 – 2007: A Final Report to the Natural Heritage Information Project of the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife. 298 pp. dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.827269.v1