This is the butterfly world’s equivalent of the Christmas Bird counts. We count butterflies within a 15 mile diameter circle centered on Mt. Bonnell. Hundreds of other clubs and groups all over country will be counting during this period. The counts are sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association. The results are submitted to NABA (North American Butterfly Association). In 2007 we had a record number of species (63) and observers (25). We will meet in the parking lot of the Zilker Botanical Garden at 8 am (there is a parking fee). After a brief walk through the park we will visit the Barton Creek Greenbelt. We will stop for lunch at a restaurant, then re-group for a visit to St. Edward's Park. If this is any kind of normal summer, we are ready to quit by mid-afternoon. Everyone is welcome, including beginners. Although we are trying to count as many individuals and species as possible, we have a lot of fun sharing identification tips, looking for caterpillars, and just seeing what the day offers. We will be on trails, in creek beds and in some high grass, so dress accordingly. Bring close-focusing binoculars if you have them.