Conserving Biodiversity - Pollinators
Wild pollinator populations are in decline. There is limited data to inform the status of pollinators in remote environments. Land managers need our help to gather data in order to conserve and protect those pollinators that support the health and wealth of our public lands.
Data That Drives Change
The vast majority of wild pollinator data is collected in close proximity to urban areas. We are establishing the first large-scale backcountry dataset that identifies butterfly abundance, diversity, and distribution as well as host plant phases across remote portions of their ranges. Public land managers will use these data to inform actions such as prescribed burning, protection of threatened species, and forest planning.
Why Care About Butterflies?
Pollinators, and the ecosystems that rely on their biological services, are threatened by habitat loss, agricultural practices, and diseases.
Butterflies comprise approximately 20,000 species globally. They serve as important biodiversity indicators for ecosystem health and provide food for many organisms such as migrating birds. We are currently collecting baseline data on public lands in order to protect threatened species and conserve habitats.
What We're Doing About It
Adventure Scientists has joined forces with the University of Arizona to map butterflies and their host plants in remote areas.
Volunteer teams of trail runners, backpackers, and mountain bikers survey pre-selected backcountry sites several times a year for butterflies and wildflowers. We are currently accepting volunteer applications for sites in Arizona. In other regions, we are accepting volunteer applications for the 2018 field season (June-October). Our current focus areas are:
- Arizona, Sky Islands (Tucson)
- California, Sierra Nevadas (Sacramento)
- Montana, Gallatins (Bozeman)
- Utah, Wasatch-Uinta (Salt Lake City)
- Washington, North Cascades (Seattle)