Ecological Research of Rare Butterflies Using GIS and GPS
Authors: Dan Marschalek, Ken DeVore
Our ecological research of rare butterflies has relied on GIS mapping and analytical tools. Specifically, we have compared the historic versus contemporary distribution to assist in identifying threats, investigated habitat use to determine where butterflies would likely be encountered, and quantified movement patterns. Results of this work were frequently cited in a US Fish & Wildlife status review to list Hermes copper (Lycaena hermes) as threatened or endangered.