Volunteers Needed to Install Deer Fencing


Ranger Raena Parsons examines butterfly larva collected at American Camp. Deer fencing is behind her. NPS photo by Gary Tarleton

San Juan Island National Historical Park is looking for 6 volunteers to help put up fencing in the prairie at American Camp on Thursday, April 14th.

This prairie is home to the rare Island Marble butterfly– found only on San Juan Island! Fencing off a portion of the prairie will help protect juvenile butterfly (the egg and caterpillar stages) from being accidentally consumed by the local deer.

Although the deer are just browsing on their favorite greens, mustards, they are unwittingly devouring significant numbers of butterflies.

In order to survive, the butterflies need our protection.

Work will include walking medium distances (less than a mile) over uneven grass covered terrain carrying light loads (15-25 lbs).

Please contact Jenny Shrum by email at jenny_shrum [@] nps.gov or by phone at 360-378-2240 ext. 2225 for more details.

Posted on April 7, 2016 at 5:43 am by

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