North Carolina is home to one of the rarest butterflies in the world, St. Francis’ satyr. One of the greatest threats to it and other rare butterflies is habitat loss and degradation. Conservationists here and across the globe are working hard to focus their efforts on restoring high quality butterfly habitats. One way scientists evaluate restoration success is to monitor trends in butterfly numbers over time. Think counting butterflies is easy? It’s not! Join us to learn more about efforts to restore endangered butterfly habitat in North Carolina, and just how tricky it is to count butterflies.
ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS
Erica Henry is a PhD student at NC State University. Her research centers on understanding what causes threatened and endangered species to be rare, and how to use ecological knowledge of species and their habitats to create effective conservation strategies. She works closely with land managers to develop and implement habitat restoration plans and to evaluate how restoration actions affect target populations. She is currently working on issues related to the conservation of three of the world’s rarest butterflies, St. Francis’ satyr, Bartram’s scrub hairstreak, and Miami blue.
Elsita Kiekebusch is a PhD student in the Department of Applied Ecology at NC State University. Her research focuses on understanding the impacts of climate change on populations of rare and endangered butterflies. She is passionate about conservation, the application of ecological theory to wildlife management, and science communication and outreach.