• 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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  • Highway 20 Will Be Closed East of the Park For Culvert Repairs On Oct 21 & 22.

    Highway 20 will be completely closed between mileposts 147 & 157 (Granite Creek to Rainy Pass) from 6 a.m. Oct. 21 to 4 p.m. Oct. 22. The Easy Pass trailhead will be inaccessible during this time. More »

  • Diablo Lake To Be Drawn Down Three Feet in Oct., Trailer-Launched Boats Affected

    Diablo Lake will be drawn down 3 vertical feet for facility repairs from October 8-17. During the drawdown, boats with trailers will not be able to launch or take boats off the water. Hand-launched vessels will still be able to launch. More »

  • Cascade River Road will be open as normal through fall/winter 2014

    Cascade River Rd. will be open in 2014 until snow conditions make it impassable to vehicles, as normal. The road closure that was planned to begin September 8 has been postponed beyond 2014 due to unforeseen circumstances. 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?

lupine is a common flower in dry sunny areas

In addition to Wilderness, Recreation Areas and National Park designations there are also five Research Natural Areas in the complex: Silver Lake, Pyramid Lake, Boston Glacier, Stetattle Creek and Big Beaver Valley.