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Occoquan Regional Monitoring Project: Butterflies

The Occoquan Regional Monitoring Project is focused on monitoring protected lands at several sites south of Washington DC. Butterflies are surveyed as part of two survey protocols: year-round general biodiversity surveys and butterfly/dragonfly surveys (April-October). Survey routes are located in the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Occoquan Regional Park, Meadowoods Management Area, and Metz Wetlands. The surveys are primarily focused on helping to direct restoration and conservation efforts. Although not a standard "Pollard" design, surveys have many of the key features of that monitoring protocol - survey routes are established and the same routes are walked each time at a consistent pace. In addition to surveys, North American Butterfly Association (NABA) Seasonal Counts are conducted at four sites.