The South Jersey Butterfly Project is an unofficial collection of naturalists of various backgrounds who have joined together to track some of the prettiest and most intriguing animals in South Jersey. Some of us started exploring nature as birders, others as botanists, and a few as entomologists right from youth. A few of us are professional entomologists, in fact.
Our log started in 2008 with a handful of observers linked by email, telephone, and the Google public spreadsheet tool. We have grown quickly and our data set has gotten larger and more detailed each year. In 2009 40+ observers contributed ~8000 reports to our log. In 2010, 60+ observers contributed ~13,000 reports. In 2011, 100+ observers contributed ~12,000 reports. In 2012, 80+ observers contributed 18,800+ reports. In 2013, it was 90+ observers and 16,700+ reports. Last year we totaled 15,000 reports. Our total of reports of butterflies in South Jersey (2008-2014) is now 85,000+.
As of September 1, 2015, reading and participating on our log is easier than ever. Just go to the first link below to see the sightings and, if you would like to post a report or your own, click to create an account then post your report. It’s easy and fun!
(If you would like more directions, click on the second link below.)
Some of us like to think we are developing a system here to track butterflies as carefully as they are being tracked over such a large area as anywhere else in North America. Whether that’s true or not, we like to think it.
Let’s keep at it!