Out & About

Help identify butterflies at Ocmulgee’s Bio Blitz

A common buckeye butterfly can often be found in Macon.
A common buckeye butterfly can often be found in Macon. wmarshall@macon.com

With about 400 people attending in each of its first two years, the Ocmulgee National Monument’s Butterfly Bio Blitz has really taken flight.

This year’s event begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, and Middle Georgians are asked to come out and help the park identify the many species of butterflies living there.

“Each year we’ve added to the species identified in the park, and it’s beneficial for us to find out what species are living here,” said park ranger Angela Bates. “Anybody can come out and bring a camera to take pictures of the different butterflies; they just need to give us the pictures before they leave.”

Participants can stay as long as they would like and walk as far as they want. There are no requirements, Bates said. They will be given a T-shirt, water bottle and more. Participants are required to wear long pants and closed-toed shoes and are asked to bring sun protection, bug spray, water and snacks.

Children are invited to participate in crafts such as painting a butterfly sun catcher or a ceramic jewelry box, and a toddler’s story time will take place at 11 a.m., teaching children about the life cycle of a butterfly, Bates said.

-- Laura Shirley

Butterfly Bio Blitz

When: Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Ocmulgee National Monument, 1207 Emery Highway

Cost: Free

Phone: 478-752-8257