Monday, March 5, 2012

Butterfly Monitoring Classes at Fermilab

Tom Peterson, Fermilab engineer and resident butterfly expert, will be leading two butterfly monitoring classes at Fermilab this spring.   
  • Saturday, May 5, 10:00 a.m. to noon at Fermilab. A beginners' butterfly monitoring and identification class.
  • Saturday, June 2, 10:00 a.m. to noon at Fermilab. An intermediate-level butterfly monitoring and identification class.

Although these classes are intended for people who may be interested in becoming, or already are, members of the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network, visitors are also welcome! The beginner class spends about 45 minutes covering when, where, how, and why we monitor butterflies in the Chicago region. The rest of the class is devoted to viewing photographs of the 20 or so most common local butterflies, discussing their habits, and how to identify them.

The intermediate level class follows a similar pattern. However, more time is spent reviewing butterfly identifications with emphasis on some of the more difficult butterflies to identify.

Both classes will be in Wilson Hall, the main high-rise building at Fermilab, conference room 1 North, which is on the west side of the main atrium. People may drive in from either Kirk Road via the Pine Street entrance or from Rt. 59 via Batavia Road. Parking is available around Wilson Hall. Walk in the main entrance to Wilson Hall; the room is about half way through the atrium, on the right.  Registration is helpful, though not required.


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