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Coordinator of Karner Blue Butterfly Volunteer Network in Wisconsin Receives U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Recognition
Midwest Region, February 16, 2011
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Cathy Carnes (on left) of the USFWS’s Green Bay, Wisconsin, ES Field Office presenting Tracy Lee Karner with a Certificate of Appreciation for her work to grow a Karner blue butterfly volunteer network in Wisconsin. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo by Jennifer Resch)
Cathy Carnes (on left) of the USFWS’s Green Bay, Wisconsin, ES Field Office presenting Tracy Lee Karner with a Certificate of Appreciation for her work to grow a Karner blue butterfly volunteer network in Wisconsin. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo by Jennifer Resch) - Photo Credit: n/a
Female Karner blue butterfly on wild lupine plant. Photo (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo by Jill Utrup)
Female Karner blue butterfly on wild lupine plant. Photo (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo by Jill Utrup) - Photo Credit: n/a

Cathy Carnes of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Green Bay Ecological Service’s Office (USFWS) presented a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the USFWS and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) to Tracy Lee Karner at the Wisconsin Statewide Karner Blue Butterfly Habitat Conservation Plan Partners Winter meeting held in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, on February 16, 2011. 

The Certificate of Appreciation was presented in recognition of Tracy’s work to initiate, grow, and coordinate a Karner blue butterfly volunteer network in Wisconsin.  Tracy became interested in the Karner blue butterfly when exploring the history of her last name “Karner” and came across information on the butterfly. 

Her work in 2010 was partly supported by a grant from the USFWS and WDNR that provided a summer intern to assist with the coordination effort.  Thirteen volunteers worked with DNR staff, biologists from UW-Stevens Point, a private research group at Grantsburg, a doctoral student doing research, and two USFWS interns on recovery activities for the Karner blue in 2010.  

During 2011 the emerging Karner blue volunteer program hopes to develop a website for communication among volunteers and to develop volunteer networks for each of the eight Karner blue butterfly biological recovery zones in Wisconsin.  

The program also intends to explore the possibility of allowing trained citizens to “adopt” specific sites and is considering ways in which the volunteer network could also be a fund raising tool.  People interested in helping with the recovery of the Karner blue butterfly are encouraged to become part of the volunteer network by contacting Tracy at t.l.karner@att.net


Contact Info: Jennifer Resch, 9208661738, jennifer_resch@fws.gov
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