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Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Skippers in the Dunes: Habitat conservation to support an endemic butterfly

Submitted by trosenbluth@pub... on Tue, 01/05/2021 - 4:20pm
Thursday, January 28, 2021
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12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
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The North Carolina coast has its own species of butterfly – the Crystal skipper. This small brown butterfly can be found around sand dunes along the Crystal Coast from April to May, and again from July to August. The skipper is endemic to just a 50 kilometer stretch from Bear Island to Fort Macon State Park, and its total range is less than 3,300 ha. Unfortunately, the skipper is experiencing habitat fragmentation due to urban development, as much of its range overlaps with human activities, buildings and homes. My students and I work with an interdisciplinary research team to conduct butterfly counts, vegetation surveys and habitat restoration projects to help support the Crystal skipper population. Join us to learn more about this unique butterfly and the team of conservationist that are working to keep it going strong. 

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