• View from Sourdough Mountain Overlook  A view looking down onto Diablo Lake. Photo Credit: NPS/Michael Silverman, 2010.

    North Cascades

    National Park Washington

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  • State Route 20 closed at Mile Post 134, Ross Dam

    After a brief closure at Newhalem due to an avalanche and unstable conditions, SR 20 has re-opened to its normal winter closure point at MP 134, Ross Dam. The highway will remain closed from Ross Dam to MP 171 (Silver Star Creek) until spring re-opening. More »

  • Ross Dam Haul Road Closure Continues

    A short segment of the Ross Dam Haul Road between the Diablo Lake suspension bridge and the tunnel remains closed to public use due to continued recovery following a March 2010 landslide. The closure will remain in effect through 2014. More »

  • Notice of planned work for the Cascade River Road, fall 2014

    Visitors planning to access the park via the Cascade River Road after Labor Day should be advised that the Park Service is planning a fall closure of this road at Eldorado Creek (3 miles before the end of the road) in order to perform permanent repairs. More »

Citizen Science

Part of the citizen science team poses on Sauk Mountain.

NPS/Karlie Roland
Part of the citizen science team poses on Sauk Mountain.
NPS/Karlie Roland

Cascades Butterfly Project

Climate change is expected to affect mountain systems in many ways. Scientists predict that warmer summers may result in earlier snowmelt, more frequent forest fires, and changes in distributions of plants and animals. Six protected areas in the Cascade Range have established a two-part program to monitor butterflies due to their sensitivity of their life cycles and distribution to temperature changes.


How You Can Help

We are looking for volunteers for both parts of the Cascade Butterfly Project:

Have a camera? A map or GPS? Like to hike?

  1. When you are hiking and can get a detailed photo of a butterfly, snap it, and mark your location on a map or record the GPS coordinates (your camera or camera phone may do this).
  2. At home, upload the photo to the Butterflies and Moths of North America Project (BAMONA) and mark the location of the photo on the map.
  3. Butterfly experts will verify your identification or identify the butterfly for you. In a couple of weeks, you will be able to see your photo and observation on the website!

Butterfly Transects
If you are interested in learning butterfly identification in the field and learn scientific protocol, this is the project for you.

Next session:
Volunteer training will take place on Sunday, July 14th at the Park and Forest Information Center in Sedro-Woolley from 10am to 4 pm. After a butterfly identification slideshow, there will be in-the-field training at Sauk Mountain. Those who are interested to attend can sign up by e-mailing North Cascades Institute Science Coordinator Jeff Anderson at jeff_anderson@ncascades.org.

Volunteers are encouraged to stay connected through the Cascade's Butterfly Project Yahoo group, found at: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/cascadesbutterfly/

Did You Know?

Long horned beetle

There are more insects in the Park than any other group of animals; in fact, 95% of all animal species on earth are insects. Take your time to explore the breathtaking world of butterflies, beetles, and bugs. More...