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
March 26
April 2 
Saturday

Schnebly Coulee near Vantage. We’ll look for some of the earliest butterflies—green hairstreaks, desert marbles, plus other wildlife.

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Maureen Traxler
maureentraxler@yahoo.com

April 23
Saturday

Twin Lakes and Coffeepot Lake – Bureau of Land Management Public Lands.  This delightful trip may pull in sightings of Oregon Swallowtails, Northern White Skippers, Blue and Ruddy Coppers, Arrowhead Blues, Euphilotes Blues and many other skippers and blues.  It should also show some Green Hairstreaks.  Same meeting time, 9 am, and same place, Yoke’s parking lot in Airway Heights, just west of Spokane.    

Susan Orlowski 
sueosp1@msn.com

April 30
Saturday

North Fork Cowiche Creek with Cowiche Canyon Conservancy. This is a new CCC–WDFW managed site at the interface of shrub steppe and higher elevation forest. Potential for very in-teresting mixture of butterfly fauna from the 2 landscape zones. Field trip will help CCC compile a comprehensive inventory of butterfly species for the site.

 

David James
david_james@wsu.edu

May 14
Saturday

Canceled due to poor access

Black Canyon Trail. Trail is 7.0 miles round trip, 1250’ eleva-tion gain, but our goal will be to find butterflies, so we probably won’t go to the end of the trail. More info about the trail www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/black-canyon

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Maureen Traxler

May 18
Wednesday

Hawk Creek in Lincoln County near Lake Roosevelt. Meet this Wednesday morning at 9 am at the Yoke’s grocery store parking lot in Airway Heights west of Spokane. Destination is a camp area near Hawk Creek Falls. See early Blues, Whites, common Swallowtail species, Tortoiseshells and Anglewings. An additional side trip may head over bluff to Mill Creek Canyon to see whether Indra Swallowtails are out yet.

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Susan Orlowski 
sueosp1@msn.com

May 21
Saturday

Snow Mountain 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 21
Saturday

National Parks Bio Blizes. Survey butterflies at Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, San Juan Island National Historical Park, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park.

 

Regina Rochefort
regina_rochefort@nps.gov

June 4
Saturday

Wenas, Manastash with possible diversion to Coleman Creek depending on conditions.

Video by Al Wagar of the trip https://youtu.be/G-mZehwWRS8

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Dave Nunnallee
nunnallee@comcast.net

June 4
Saturday

Dishman Hills, Spokane. A mixed ages group in honor of the conservation legacy of Tom Rogers.

 

John Baumann
baumann.jp56@gmail.com

June 12
Sunday

Tronsen Ridge Trail. Total trail is 8 miles round trip, 1000 feet elevation gain, but we probably won’t hike the entire trail, depending on where the butterflies are. More info about the trail at www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/tronsen-ridge

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Maureen Traxler
maureentraxler@yahoo.com

July 1
Friday

Chumstick Butterfly Count, near Wenatchee

Phil Archibald and Rebecca Barrett are taking over the Chumstick 4th of July count, which has been going for over 25 years. 

Ideally, there will be enough participants to cover three routes up the Mountain.

   

Phil Archibald
Rebecca Barrett
kim.l.lohse@gmail.com
or phone 509-784-2471.

July 9
Saturday

Little Pend Oreille Butterfly Count

Eastern Washington WBA members and other area butterfly enthusiasts will have an opportunity to count species frequenting the midsummer environs of the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge this weekend. Previous counts have turned up over 30 species in a day, including adult and larval stage Monarchs, and new Stevens County species occurrence records! We meet at 9 am at the refuge HQ complex on Bear Creek Road, Saturday, July 9th. Please consult the Little Pend Oreille web page for further details, and pray for sunny weather.

 

John Baumann
baumann.jp56@gmail.com

Michael Munts michael_munts@fws.gov

July 9
Saturday

Highway 97 Exploration

My main idea for a destination is Red Top Lookout. There is a trail through the forest, but you can also drive there.  Here’s a link to info about the trail. Red Top Lookout — Washington Trails

 

Maureen Traxler
maureentraxler@yahoo.com

August 5-7
Friday – Sunday

Annual Conference, Wallowa Mountains, Oregon

 

various

August 13
Saturday

Sheep Lake, Chinook Pass This is a 4 mile hike with a 400 ft. elevation gain to a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by meadows.  The trail is in good shape.  More details will be sent to those signing up.  

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Melanie Weiss
melanierweiss@gmail.com

August 27
Saturday

 

Monarch Tagging (Grant County)
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.

The Washington Butterfly Association Monarch tagging day at Lower Crab Creek near Vantage in central Washington will take place on Saturday August 27. Numbers of Monarchs at the site are increasing and it is anticipated the population should be at its peak around August 27. However, if a period of sustained heat (>95 F) occurs in the next few weeks, the population may dwindle in which case the tagging day will be cancelled. If you are interested in coming out on August 27 to see and help tag Monarchs prior to their fall migration, email David James at david_james@wsu.edu to sign up and receive more information and updates on the day. You dont have to be a member of the Washington Butterfly Association to participate but you do need a butterfly net!
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David James
david_james@wsu.edu