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if you should join the Habitat Conservation Plan Partnership.
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about the Wisconsin Karner blue butterfly recovery program.
to help the Karner blue butterfly through surveys or landowner partnerships.
Karner blue butterfly

Karner blue butterfly (photo by Steve Apps)

Contact information
For more information, contact:
Becky Roth
Karner Habitat Conservation Plan Coordinator

Training, surveys, and resources for current partners

Looking for butterflies


Please use our online survey to request training materials for the lupine and Karner blue surveys. It may take a few days to receive training materials. Training is required for anyone conducting Lupine and Karner Presence/Absence surveys, all new partners and is valid for 5 years. Please direct any questions to the Karner HCP coordinator.

Surveys forms and reporting

Reporting of Incidental Take Permit Use [exit DNR]
Lupine Presence/Absence (Formerly Level 1) [PDF]
Karner Presence/Absence (Formerly Level 2 [PDF]
Common nectar plants [PDF]

Annual Report for partners

NOTE: We have our “real-time” reporting option for 2019. Use the “Reporting Incidental Take Permit Use” link above to report any time you use the HCP protocols. Any questions can be directed to the Karner HCP Coordinator.

Emergence predictions

August 13 Update: Karner 2nd flight is winding down. It is recommended that any surveys should be completed this week.

Three surveys are required to prove Karner absence. The first survey may be done during the first Karner blue butterfly flight period. If you find Karners on the first or second survey, you do not need to complete subsequent surveys. Both second and third surveys must be done during the second Karner blue butterfly flight period, with a 3-7 day interval between surveys. Emergence has been later than predicted and initial numbers of butterflies are lower than average in some areas.

Flight predictions using current weather data and flight averages

Flight predictions

If you have any suggestions, observations or questions that would help us validate this system please let us know by sending an email.

HCP protocols and guidelines for current Partners

The Karner Blue Butterfly Habitat Conservation Plan User's Guide is the single source of implementation guidelines and protocols for conserving habitat for the Karner blue butterfly, a federally-listed endangered species that is found in Wisconsin. The user's guide contains the management guidelines and protocols as well as the monitoring protocols used by plan partners when conducting activities in the high potential range of Karner blue in Wisconsin [PDF].

Download the complete HCP User's Guide [PDF].


Management protocols

HCP User's guide flowchart
Habitat Conservation Plan documents
Last revised: Tuesday August 13 2019