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The Joy of Spotting Checkerspots and Other Butterflies

Almost every day, from late April to early June, dedicated Hornby Island Natural History Centre volunteers walked the coastal bluff trails in Helliwell Provincial Park. They counted butterflies with members of the Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly Recovery Project Team, BC Parks conservation specialist Erica McClaren or other biologists to determine how the critically endangered Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly populations in the region are faring. Similar surveys were conducted elsewhere on Hornby Island, Denman Island, and from the Comox Valley to Campbell River.