Time to Sign up! – Butterfly Study Weekend – Wings Over White Salmon
We invite you and your family to sign up for this year’s annual Study Weekend on July 13-16
“Wings over White Salmon”. Last year’s event in Ellensburg was a lot of fun, based on all the
reports received, and this year promises to be another great opportunity to spend time in the field
with other fun folks in a part of the state that WBA has neglected for a few years: Mt Adams
and the Gorge.
At the WBA fall retreat, the board discussed a lot of fun possible sites, and ended up with Mt
Adams/Bird Creek Meadows, the Gorge and Oregon options at Mt Hood as our preferred
Tom Landis will be delivering our keynote on the topic of the conservation of Monarch
butterflies, especially efforts in which we, as citizen scientists, can create Monarch waystations
in our own yards. You will learn of the many interesting success stories he has to share about
how students and families in Mr. Landis’ Oregon communities have helped to protect this
endangered phenomenon of the west, the Monarch butterfly migration.
As an extra bonus to all of the native pollinator gardeners in the audience, Tom has been
researching the combination of native and non-native plants best suited to attract a wide array of
our native pollinators. His talk will include a discussion of what plants work best and why.
During our study weekend, we will explore accessible meadows on Mt Adams, Mt Hood and the
Target species we hope to encounter include Monarchs in the gorge areas, rarer hairstreaks and
checkerspots in the high country, where we might also glimpse the uncommon Oreas Anglewing.
We will also be on the lookout for an unusual migrant fritillary, the Coronis, which WBA’s
scientific advisors have studied extensively.
Come help us find out who is flying in this part of the state, this time of year. Bird Creek
Meadow is a seldom surveyed site, so we are expecting some fun surprises.
This year’s conference will continue offering Idie Ulsh memorial youth scholarships with the
generous support of her family.
Every summer, WBA has a weekend butterfly event with field trips and speakers.
Conference / Weekend Sites:
2018 – White Salmon