The Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge invites the public to participate in its annual butterfly count from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.
The event is free, and volunteers of all skill levels and experience are welcome to participate. Registration is encouraged.
During the count, a naturalist and other butterfly experts will guide volunteers around a paved, two-mile trail and teach participants the intricate differences between butterflies found on the prairie. Participants will record the species and numbers of butterflies to help track butterfly populations on the refuge.
Volunteers should wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen and bring a reusable water bottle. To register, contact the refuge at (515) 994-3400.