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Citizen Science in Nebraska is Bigger Than You Think

by Megan Ray Nichols (@nicholsrmegan) In Nebraska, scientists working for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission are increasingly relying on casual researchers and citizen scientists to better understand three creatures in particular: spotted skunks, salamanders, and regal fritillary butterflies. Why? The populations of these species have either declined or are in jeopardy, and scientists want to get a current population count. Let’s take a closer look at these three Nebraskan citizen science projects and what researchers hope to learn from data collected by citizen scientists. Nebraska is a big state.…

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Butterflies: A worn butterfly enjoys refreshment in a garden. tentative identification: Meadow Brown; German Ochsenauge; Latin Maniola jurtina Environment Zoology 

Unexpected Biodiversity in Iberian Butterflies

Nature photographer and blogger Steven Spence has good news to share with you about butterflies and biodiversity on the Iberian Peninsula. By Steven Spence Winged Flowers A fallen blossom returning to the bough, I thought – But no, a butterfly. (Arakida Moritake, Traditional Japanese Poetry: An Anthology) [落花枝にかへると見れば胡蝶哉 守武 落花枝にかへると見れば胡ちょかな 守武] Good News On Biodiversity This week we have encouraging data to share with you about butterflies in Europe. Biodiversity is a major concern in Europe and elsewhere. However, a recently released study of butterflies in Spain and Portugal suggests…

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North American butterflies: Butterflies of North America (Eleanor Lutz) Biology Citizen Science Environment Science and Art Zoology 

42 North American Butterflies

This animated infographic shows 42 different North American species of butterfly. It is the work of talented graphic designer Eleanor Lutz, whose creations EH Science has had the great pleasure of featuring on several occasions. Don’t miss her infographics entitled Planet Earth’s Control Panel, How Muscles Work, and Breathing Infographic. Seriously, you don’t want to miss them! Here’s how Lutz describes this infographic of North American butterflies: I checked out six butterfly field guides from the library and picked out some of the species I thought were the most unique…

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