July 21-23 – Wings over the Selkirks

This year the Board has selected to return after a 16 year break to the Selkirk Mountain area in the Northeast Corner of Washington. We have set the date for July 21-23, 2023. That is Friday through Sunday. We will be based in the Metaline Falls/ Ione area. More logistical information still needs to be finalized, but we invite you to save the date! We are negotiating with the Historic Washington Hotel in Metaline Falls at press time. There are a few other motels ranging from just south of Ione to just north of Metaline Falls. The Selkirk Mountains are an extension of the Rocky Mountain Complex and we hope to see some of the fauna associated with that biome. Personally, I hope to see many of my usual friends and also a few species that I have either never seen or only rarely. The Alpine Skipper, Peck‘s Skipper, the Canadian Tiger Swallowtail, the Lustrous Copper, and Edith‘s Copper could all make appearances. Of course we could also see a White Admiral or a Weidemeyer‘s Admiral and a Compton‘s Tortoiseshell as well as a number of those confusing Fritillaries and Checkerspots. It could be a very rewarding adventure!
– Jim Reed, President of Washington Butterfly Association


Registration for the 2023 Study Weekend in Metaline Falls is now open!


All this, for $50 per person!

Monday July 17 at 7 pm: Zoom presentation by David James on the butterflies of the Metaline Falls area.
This can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/L7kEtzCPHtI

Friday July 21: Meet in the Metaline Falls Visitor Center at 6 pm onwards for socializing, refreshments, and mothing. Bring your own chair, and a light. 225 E 5th Ave, Metaline Falls, WA 99153. This is an outdoor venue at the foot of 5th Avenue. We may move to another nearby site for the mothing.

Saturday July 22: Meet at the Historic Washington Hotel for field trip.

Saturday July 22 evening: Pizza and salad buffet at the Historic Washington Hotel. Bring your own chair if you wish to sit outside.

Sunday July 23: Meet at the Historic Washington Hotel for field trip.

Monday July 24: possible additional field trips, TBD.

Our base for 2023’s Study Weekend, July 21-23:
the Historic Washington Hotel in Metaline Falls.

WBA has reserved all the rooms, plus the meeting room.
Lodging in the area is limited but there are still rooms available at the
Hotel. Call 506-671-7668 to reserve a room.

Locations of Butterfly Weekends

Every summer, WBA has a weekend butterfly event with field trips and speakers.

Conference / Study Weekend Sites:

2024 – Ritzville

2023 – Metaline Falls
2022 – Dayton
2021 – Cancelled because of Covid-19
2020 – Cancelled because of Covid-19
2019 – Colville
2018 – White Salmon
2017 – Cle Elum
2016 – Wallowas (Oregon) 
2015 – Okanogan
2014 – Moscow (Idaho)
2013 – Goldendale
2012 – Oroville
2011 – Newport
2010 – Leavenworth
2009 – Yakima
2008 – Dayton
2007 – Leavenworth
2006 – Metaline Falls
2005 – Mazama
2004 – Omak
2003 – Metaline Falls
2002 – The Dalles (Oregon)
2001 – Dayton
2000 – Winthrop