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Tour Fort Indiantown Gap and Find Beautiful Butterflies

May 13, 2024

iSportsman Staff

iSportsman Staff

Regal Fritillary butterflies captivate recreationists from all over the country with their majestic presence. Thanks to its distinctive orange wings adorned by intricate black patterns, this species is a sight to behold; however, its dwindling populations have made encountering it in the wild a cherished rarity. Fortunately, Fort Indiantown Gap hosts yearly tours where you can witness the beauty of this butterfly firsthand.

The Regal Fritillary Butterfly

Native to North America, the Regal Fritillary butterfly has faced significant habitat loss and fragmentation leading to its classification as a species of conservation concern; however, Fort Indiantown Gap offers the last sanctuary for these delicate creatures.

Fort Indiantown Gap

Fort Indiantown Gap serves as both a crucial military training facility and a beacon of conservation. Each year, Fort Indiantown Gap opens its gates to nature enthusiasts, offering them a rare opportunity to embark on tours to witness the mesmerizing flight of the Regal Fritillary butterfly.

This year, the Regal Fritillary Butterfly tours are scheduled to take place on July 4, 5, 6, and 7, 2024, with permits for the tours becoming available on May 28, 2024. Participants can delve into the fascinating world of butterfly ecology while soaking in the beauty of Fort Indiantown Gap.

Conservation at Fort Indiantown Gap

Fort Indiantown Gap

Beyond the joy of witnessing these rare butterflies in flight, the tours also serve a vital conservation purpose: By raising awareness and fostering appreciation for the Regal Fritillary butterfly and its habitat, Fort Indiantown Gap and iSportsman contribute to the ongoing efforts to safeguard this species for generations to come.

How to Register with Fort Indiantown Gap and Obtain Your Permit

For the 2024 Grasslands and Butterfly Tour, registration is mandatory, and participants must have both registration and a permit for their chosen day and time.

The tours are scheduled for July 4, 5, 6, and 7, with departure times listed on permits.

Pre-registration is essential. Follow a simple two-step process to obtain your FREE PERMIT:

  1. Register or create an iSportsman account. If you already have an account, proceed directly to the safety briefing and permit selection.
  2. On May 28, 2024, access the Grasslands and Butterfly Tour safety brief online through your iSportsman account.
  3. Obtain a free Grasslands and Butterfly Tour permit. Tour permits are generally available from late May to July, or until they are all claimed; each person is allowed one permit.
  4. You can access an FAQ here.
  5. You can contact the base here, or by emailing them at RA-DMVA-WILDLIFE@PA.GOV

The Regal Fritillary Butterfly tours at Fort Indiantown Gap offer an opportunity to connect with one of nature’s most enchanting creations. Mark your calendars, secure your permits, and get ready to experience Pennsylvania’s wilderness.

Also learn how the Georgia military helped restore a historic forest on iSportsmanUSA.

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