Flash Field Trips!

Check our website and Facebook page for last-minute additions. We will also send out Noticeline emails for Flash Field Trips.

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

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

LIABILITY FORMS:  

Field Trip Liability Release and Indemnity Agreement Field-Trip-Liability-Release

Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk for a Minor Child Not Accompanied by his or her Guardian  
Minor-Liability-Release-July-2016

Note: No child under the age of 18 who is not accompanied by a parent or guardian will be allowed on any field trip without a liability release signed by the parent or guardian as well as by the adult accepting responsibility for the child on the trip.

Saturday April 6 – Schnebley Coulee, Vantage

Difficulty Rating 1

Sheridan's Green Hairstreak Photo by Sue Orlowski
Sheridan’s Green Hairstreak Photo by Sue Orlowski

The traditional season-opening hunt for Sheridan’s Hairstreaks and other early-season shrub-steppe butterflies. Sign up with John Baumann if you are interested. Phone: (509) 991-8546, email: baumann.jp56@gmail.com

Saturday April 13 – Hog Lake and Folsom Farm, SW of Spokane

Difficulty Rating 3
Sign up with Sue Orlowski if you are interested. Phone: (509) 202-5168, email: sueosp1@msn.com
Sue will let you know when and where to meet.

Saturday May 11 – Yakima Training Center

YTC - The search in the Whitetop around the lake 2018
YTC – The search in the Whitetop around the lake 2018

We will return at an earlier date than last year to get more of the spring shrub-steppe species that might be there. This date has been confirmed with the YTC. 

New sign ups closed March 1.  Sign ups for those already vetted by the YTC will continue.

Sign up with Melanie Weiss if you are interested. Email: melanierweiss@gmail.com

Saturday May 11 – Rutter Canyon, Little Spokane Natural Area

Difficulty Rating 2

Sign up with Sue Orlowski if you are interested. Phone: (509) 202-5168, email: sueosp1@msn.com
Sue will let you know when and where to meet.

Saturday May 18 – Spiva Butte Preserve – Limited to 8 People

Difficulty Level 4, mostly off road through shrub steppe and up the butte for hill topping butterflies

Spiva Butte Large Marble 2018
Spiva Butte Large Marble 2018
Spiva Butte Dwarf Monkey Fiddle 2018
Spiva Butte Dwarf Monkey Fiddle 2018

The new 1,396 acre Spiva Butte Preserve in Douglas County is owned and managed by the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust. This prime shrub-steppe abitat has a four-acre lake, three springs, a diversity of birds, plants, animals and butterflies throughout the season. In addition, there is a sage grouse lek nearby. A small group of WBA members visited last spring to survey the butterflies. Our findings, including the Silver-bordered Fritillary, a WA species of concern, helped in the grant application. We are able to return this year in a small number as gratitude for the earlier visit.

We will be limited to 8 this year until they get to know the Preserve and its plants and animals better. We will be allowed to photograph, net and release. Ferdi Businger, the Site Steward, owns property just across a dirt road bordering the Preserve. He has generously offered the use of his tiny guest house with a double bed, or tent space on the lawn. There is water and a beautiful open-air pit toilet. Another option is to stay in the quaint old Waterville Hotel about an hour away. Or you could drive over that morning, but leave very early.

Sign up with Melanie Weiss if you are interested. Email: melanierweiss@gmail.com

Thursday May 23 Butterfly Class

Butterfly Class led by John Baumann. Held at Spokane Falls Community College. Limited to 12 participants.

Sign up with John Baumann if you are interested. Phone: (509) 991-8546, email: baumann.jp56@gmail.com

Friday May 24 – Reecer Canyon near Ellensburg

Difficulty Level 2

Reecer Echo Azures 2017
Reecer Echo Azures 2017

We will visit one of our classic Central WA canyons at an earlier time in the season. Habitats will be explored at several elevations. Probable sightings of early blues, elfins, checkerspots, swallowtails. This field trip is on Friday to avoid the crowd that will be in this area for Memorial Day Weekend.

Sign up with Melanie Weiss if you are interested. Email: melanierweiss@gmail.com

Saturday May 25 Douglas Canyon, Douglas County

Difficulty Level 1
Sign up with Sue Orlowski if you are interested. Phone: (509) 202-5168, email: sueosp1@msn.com
Sue will let you know when and where to meet.

June 28 – 30 Study Weekend Colville

See Study Weekend page for details. wabutterflyassoc.org/annual-conference/

Saturday July 13 Salmon La Sac area

Difficulty Level 1-2
Sign up with Al Wagar if you are interested. Email: jalanwagar@gmail.com

Saturday July 27 Bethel Ridge, Yakima County

Spectacular views and high elevation butterfly meadows.
Sign up with David James if you are interested. Email: david.james@wsu.edu

Cancelled – Friday August 2 (Rain will cancel) Mt. Townsend, Olympic National Forest.

Difficulty Level 4-5 Steep and Unrelenting

We will hike about 2 miles uphill to the subalpine meadows. Stay overnight in Sequim or Port Angeles and get 2 field trips in one trip to the Olympic Peninsula! See next item.

Sign up with Regina Johnson if you are interested.
Email: reg@madronas.net or phone 360-280-8872 .

Friday August 2, Regina Johnson will lead a trip to the rain shadow of the Olympics, the Mt. Townsend trail, a trip that the late Bob Hardwick used to lead every year.  This trail climbs steadily from the upper trailhead at 3500 ft all the way to the twin summits, at just over 6200 ft but don’t despair! we won’t go that far.  No, there are flowery meadows that should be full of butterflies, starting about a mile up the trail.  We may not go more than 2 miles at 4800 ft, depending on what we find, though there will be butterflies all the way to the summits.  We hope to see Vidler’s Alpines and Chryxus Arctics, Arctic Blues and Arctic Fritillaries.

This trail is justifiably one of the most popular in the Olympics, which means that the trail will be very crowded and the trailhead parking will be completely overwhelmed, even on a Friday.  We will meet in Quilcene at the Olympic National Forest ranger station to carpool to the trailhead at 8:30.  Please note that the trail, while well constructed and well maintained, is steep and unrelenting – all uphill one way, all downhill the other.  This is a real mountain hike.  We will be going slowly but we will be going uphill.  Those driving to the trailhead will need a federal lands pass which can be bought at the ranger station.

Those coming from Seattle will want to arrange their own carpools to arrive in Quilcene before 8:30. 
I would recommend driving south through Tacoma, over the Narrows Bridge, then north to the Hood Canal bridge and south to Quilcene.  The 7:10 Edmonds-Kingston ferry is another option.

This is the Olympics, so rain is possible even in the rain shadow in August.  Rain will cancel so make sure you sign up ahead of time in order to be notified of cancellation.

Cancelled – Saturday August 3 Deer Park and Blue Mtn., Olympic National Park (no nets).

Difficulty Level 2-3
Subalpine meadows. Warning: Deer Park Road is notorious for being steep, narrow and scary.

Sign up with Jim Reed if you are interested. Email: jrrstud@gmail.com