Butterfly Bio Blitz takes wing at the Ocmulgee National Monument

The Butterfly Bio Blitz is a free, annual event open to the community.

Mary Lathem, Arts and Lifestyle Editor

On Saturday, August 22, the Ocmulgee National Monument hosted its third annual Butterfly Bio Blitz. Participants armed with cameras and sunscreen explored the park from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., snapping photos of every beautiful butterfly they saw along the way. This event aimed to help park officials keep track of the variety of butterfly species found within the park. Throughout the day, young butterfly hunters were treated to butterfly crafts and story time. Though the free event’s attendance has averaged around 400 visitors during the past two years, a record number of locals participated in the event this year with 500 free t-shirts disappearing before 11:00 a.m.