West Michigan Butterfly Association

In Memory of Kathy Bowler

We recently learned of the passing of Kathy Bowler. Kathy was the first to discover the existence of the Karner Blue Butterfly in Kent County. Her discovery led to the creation of the Maas Family Nature Preserve along the White Pine Trail. You can read Kathy's story of the discovery in Steve Mueller's Nature Niche written for the Cedar Spring Post by clicking here. Click on the image of Kathy to view her obituary.

Report of the Rogue River Butterfly Count

A report summary of the July 8, 2017 Rogue River Butterfly count is available by clicking here. A summary table of the species, an counts, is available by clicking here.


Upcoming 2017 Butterfly Field Trips

Join for fun citizen science outdoor field studies. Discover butterflies in a variety of local habitats with people knowledgeable in butterfly identification. It is a great way to begin learning some of the 170 species known to Michigan. Click here for details.


The Monarch Butterfly is in Trouble

The monarch butterfly is one of the most recognizable species in North America and it’s in trouble. Numbers of monarchs have decreased significantly over the last 20 years, but together we can save the monarch. Check the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Save the Monarch Butterfly page to see what you can do.


The West Michigan Butterfly Association is always in need of volunteers. Contact any member of the board of directors found on the information page if you can help.