Butterfly workshop at YSU gets community members ready for spring

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butterfly workshop at YSU

How about this just in time for spring — a butterfly workshop.

It was held at Youngstown State University’s Kilcawly Center on Saturday. Students could attend free of charge and anyone from the community could go for $5.

Topics included plants that butterflies depend on, life cycles and gardening to attract butterflies. One session was an identification training covering every butterfly likely to be seen in Ohio.

One of the goals was to try and train people how to “transect,” which is a way to monitor numbers.

“The goal is to get enough data so that if we recognize we’re losing something, that we can go looking for it and maybe we can reverse some of those trends,” said butterfly expert Jerry Wiedmann.

The Ohio Lepidopterists travel all over Ohio to do these sessions.

Those who attended got kits to start monitoring butterflies.

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