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About the Maritimes Butterfly Atlas

Butterflies are the best-known invertebrate group, yet there are still significant gaps in our knowledge of this group in the Maritimes. That gap is of increasing concern given that several Maritime butterfly species are, or may become, species of conservation concern. The Maritimes Butterfly Atlas, the first comprehensive and systematic survey of butterflies in our region, will start to fill this knowledge gap. By harnessing the combined efforts of conservation scientists and interested naturalists, this project will dramatically improve our understanding of the numbers, distribution, and status of butterflies in the Maritimes. That information will be especially valuable for assessing the conservation status of our butterfly species. It will help identify which are truly rare and which are more common but have been overlooked in the past. The Atlas will also produce a snapshot of butterfly populations in the Maritimes today and a baseline dataset for the future. It could become increasingly valuable, in the decades to come, as scientists examine the effects of climate change and other disturbances on the distribution and abundance of our native animal species.

The project, which started in 2010, was originally planned to end in 2014. An addition field season has been added, making 2015 the final year of data collection for the project. For the most part records will be submitted by naturalists like you, allowing anyone with an interest in butterflies, or natural history in general, to become a contributor to this important conservation effort. Data will be compiled in the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre database. That database currently provides the foundation for conservation decisions throughout the region, and improvements will only make that foundation stronger. Results will also be uploaded regularly to this website, and over the course of the Atlas will be compiled into easily accessible distribution maps and species synopsis pages showing the most up-to-date and complete information on all Maritime butterfly species available anywhere.

Anyone interested in participating in the Atlas should contact the Atlas director, John Klymko, who looks forward to hearing from you.

Contact Information

John Klymko
Phone: (506) 364 2660
Fax: (506) 364 2656
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