• 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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  • Lone Mountain Fire - Trail Closures

    The Lone Mountain Fire in North Cascades National Park is approximately 5 mi NW of Stehekin in the Boulder Creek drainage. Boulder Creek and War Creek Trails are closed. Rainbow Loop Trail is in-use as a staging area and closed to public use. More »

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    Due to fire activity near the trail, the US Forest Service has closed the Easy Pass trail and trailhead on State Route 20. This area has been receiving precipitation. The highway remains open.

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:

Photo-inventories
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?

Cascading stream

The North Cascades are well known for the abundant waterfalls that lace the mountains. Two of the best known waterfalls are Gorge Falls between Newhalem and Diablo along State Route 20 and Rainbow Falls in the Stehekin Valley.