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About the Maritimes Butterfly Atlas

The Maritimes Butterfly Atlas is the first comprehensive and systematic survey of butterflies in our region. By harnessing the combined efforts of conservation scientists and interested naturalists, this project has dramatically improved our understanding of the distribution and status of butterflies in the Maritimes. During the six field seasons of the project (2010-2015), 33,900 photographic and specimen records were submitted by 460 contributors.

Explore this website to learn about the butterfly species occurring in the Maritimes, to see project results, and to explore our species' distributions.

The next step is the dissemination of the project's results. The Maritimes Butterfly Atlas is teaming up with Maine Butterfly Survey to publish the results of these two projects collaboratively. This international partnership will put the results of the Maritimes Butterfly Atlas in a broader context, while maintaining all the Maritimes-specific content we would have published on our own. More information on the Maine Butterfly Survey can be found here.

Contact Information

John Klymko
Phone: (506) 364-2660
Fax: (506) 364-2656
Email: john.klymko @
P.O Box 6416
Sackville, New Brunswick
E4L 1G6

Atlas Steering Committee

Rosemary Curley, MSc
Protected Areas and Biodiversity Conservation Forests
Fish and Wildlife Division
PEI Department of Environment, Energy and Forestry

Mark F. Elderkin, MSc
Provincial Biologist (Species-at-Risk)
Wildlife Division
Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources

Donald F. McAlpine, PhD
Chair, Department of Natural Science
Research Curator & Head, Zoology Section
New Brunswick Museum

Martin Raillard, PhD
Manager, Population Conservation
Environment Canada / Environnement Canada

Reggie Webster, PhD

Atlas Advisory Group

Members of this group helped in the development of this project. They are thanked for their help.

Sean Blaney, MSc – Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre
Sherman Boates, PhD – Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources
Roland Chiasson, MSc – Nature New Brunswick
Denis Doucet, BSc – Parks Canada
Phillip deMaynadier, PhD – Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Pascal Giasson, MBA – New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources
Andrew Hebda, MSc – Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History
Dan Kehler, MSc – Parks Canada
R.A. Lautenschlager, PhD – Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre
David MacKinnon, MSc – Nova Scotia Department of the Environment
Kent McFarland, MSc – Vermont Center for Ecostudies
Jeff Ogden, BSc – Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources
Linda and Peter Payzant – Independent naturalists
Fred Scott – Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History
Tony Thomas, PhD – Independent naturalist