What is Project Butterfly WINGS "citizen science" ?
WINGS, Winning Investigative Network for Great Science, is a partnership between 4-H youth and professional scientists. Participating youth are “citizen scientists” who collect data on butterflies to help professional scientists determine:
The presence or absence of specific butterfly species
The abundance of butterfly species by state and county throughout the country
The information helps butterfly scientists better understand and conserve butterfly populations.
How do I participate?
Youth who participate in WINGS need not be part of a 4-H club or group. The 4-H leader or adult can register participating youth to use the Project Butterfly WINGS website, where the youth will enter their butterfly monitoring data. Instructions for monitoring can be found in the 4-H WINGS project book.
For more information, please contact us.
What are the benefits of WINGS citizen science?
The citizen science data collection process benefits the field of butterfly science:
WINGS gives participants have an opportunity to further the scope of butterfly research throughout the country.
WINGS is a long-term monitoring project. The data will grow into a comprehensive database for comparisons and trend assessment.