Washington Butterfly Association schedules field trips in March thru August weather and butterflies permitting.

Butterfly lists from previous years may be provided to give you an idea of what we might see.

Trip Date

Destination Difficulty Trip Leader/Contact
April 22
Saturday

Cowiche Canyon.  A joint Cowiche Canyon Conservancy / Washington Butterfly Association Earth Day Hike

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David James
david_james@wsu.edu

May 6-7
Saturday/ Sunday

WDFW training session on “threatened” butterfly species followed by a hike at Juniper Dunes near Pasco to hopefully see the rare Juniper Hairstreak  3

John Baumann, Ann Potter
baumann.jp56@gmail.com

May 13
Saturday

Waterworks Canyon.  A spectacular flower and butterfly filled shrub-steppe canyon near Yakima

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David James
david_james@wsu.edu

Melanie Weiss
melanierweiss@gmail.com

May 20
Saturday

Snow Mtn Ranch, Yakima.  Joint WBA-CCC trip focusing on catching and tagging Coronis Fritillaries for research.  David James and Cowiche Canyon Conservancy are studying Coronis migration from the shrub steppe to the mountains. Study has been going on for 3 years; with WBA involvement we could tag a lot of Coronis!

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David James
david_james@wsu.edu

May 20
Saturday

Little Spokane Natural Areas Rutter Canyon

 

John Baumann
baumann.jp56@gmail.com

June 3

Butterfly Walk at Dishman Hills (Spokane)  Lecture starts at 9 am

 

John Baumann
baumann.jp56@gmail.com

June 3

Umtanum Recreation Area.  This lovely canyon trail between Ellensburg and Yakima begins with the crossing of the Yakima River on a swinging bridge. It is a fairly easy hike up the canyon with trails on either side of a small creek. Bighorn sheep may bee seen on the canyon ridges, hawks and falcons call this area home, and a variety of butterflies can be seen throughout the season. We can go as far up the canyon as we like. $5 per car BLM parking fee.   

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(creek crossing)

Melanie Weiss
melanierweiss@gmail.com

June 17
Saturday

Swakane Canyon.  Spectacular butterfly location near Wenatchee  

Dave Nunnallee
nunnallee@comcast.net

July 8

NABA 4th of July Count, Little Pend Oreille Nat’l Wildlife Refuge

   
July 14-17
Fri-Sunday
(Monday optional)

Annual Conference, Ellensburg.  “Wings over Esmerelda.”  Spectacular butterfly location near Ellensburg and Roslyn

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Stay tuned for details!

August 5
Saturday

Bethel Ridge.  Spectacular views and high elevation butterfly meadows

 

David James
david_james@wsu.edu

August 12, 19 or 26

Monarch tagging day at Lower Crab Creek
(actual date determined by abundance of Monarchs)

This outing is to catch and tag Monarchs as part of the Monarch migration monitoring program. Tagged Monarchs will hopefully be recovered in California during the winter.

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David James
david_james@wsu.edu