Volunteer: Caterpillars Count!

Thursday, August 11, 2022 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Squam Lakes Association headquarters, located at 534 US Rt. 3 in Holderness. Click Here for a Google Map.

About the Day:

Come and participate in a community science project with the SLA! Conduct surveys on trees with LRCC members and record all of the insects and arthropods (ex. caterpillars, beetles, and spiders) that you observe. We will use a small sheet (see photo) to collect arthropods around the SLA campus and also record factors like leaf count, how much of the leaf has been eaten, and the type and size of each arthropod.

Community science projects like this are important in helping us understand where to put our conservation efforts as our ecosystems change. Whether you’re a birder, an insect enthusiast, or something in between, there is a lot to be gained from getting involved in Caterpillars Count!

Caterpillars Count! was created by Dr. Allen Hurlbert from the University of North Carolina to measure the seasonal variation and abundance of foliage arthropods. The data collected will help determine whether insects are emerging earlier with the coming of earlier springs. The data will also help us understand whether migratory birds are migrating early to take advantage of those important food resources which they count on for successfully raising their young.”

What to Bring: Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear clothing & shoes that can get dirty, as we will be in highly vegetated and wet areas. Be prepared for ticks, black flies, and mosquitoes. The SLA will provide materials for data collection.

Want to Join? If you're interested in joining please email volunteer@squamlakes.org. Registration will close 24 hours prior to the volunteer day.