The field trips listed below are for 2017. For 2018 trips, please refer to page 9 of the latest newsletter G’Num.  

February 2018 G’Num

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.


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  

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.

April 22 – Cowiche Canyon – Difficulty Level 2

To sign up, email David James at

This is a joint Cowiche Canyon Conservancy / Washington Butterfly Association Earth Day Hike

The first Washington Butterfly Association field trip of 2017 is on Earth Day, April 22 at Cowiche Canyon in Yakima. We will be joined by members and friends of the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy who will be holding their Earth Day hike in the canyon at the same time (10am-midday). They too, will be looking for butterflies (as well as enjoying the wild flowers and spectacular geology of the canyon). The creek is a torrent this year so that will be spectacular in itself. Hopefully we will see the first Lucia azures, the very special blue that inhabits Cowiche Canyon. 

May 6 -8 – WDFW Training near Pasco – Difficulty Level 3

To sign up, contact Ann Potter or John Baumann

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

May 13 Saturday – Waterworks Canyon near Yakima – Difficulty Level 3

To sign up, contact David James or Melanie Weiss

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

May 20 Saturday – Snow Mountain Ranch near Yakima – Difficulty Level 3

To sign up, contact David James

This is a 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!

May 20 Saturday – Little Spokane Natural Areas Rutter Canyon

To sign up, contact John Baumann

June 3 – Butterfly Walk at Dishman Hills Spokane

To sign up, contact John Baumann

Lecture starts at 9 am.

June 3 – Umtanum Recreation Area – Difficulty level 3-4 (creek crossing)

To sign up, contact Melanie Weiss

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.   

For the creek crossing, bring a walking stick to help with your balance.

June 17 Saturday – Swakane Canyon near Wenatchee

To sign up, contact Dave Nunnallee

Spectacular butterfly location near Wenatchee.

June 22 – Xerces / WDFW Workshop on Monarchs and Milkweeds in the West

June 28 – Wednesday – NABA 4th of July Count,
Derby Canyon Leg of Mt Chumstick near Peshastin – Difficulty Level 1

The 4th of July Count on Mt Chumstick will be June 28 (a Wednesday). Phil Archibald (retired FS biologist) is coordinating this event. The Derby Canyon leg will be going up from Peshastin.

To sign up, contact Al Wagar at

July  8 – NABA 4th of July Count,
Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge

We will meet at the refuge headquarters at 8:30 and head out by 9:00 on Saturday July 8. If anyone has any questions they can contact me using the information below.

Mike Munts, Wildlife Biologist,
Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge
1310 Bear Creek Road, Colville, WA
(509) 684-8384

July 14-17 – Annual Conference at Cle Elum – Friday thru Sunday (Monday Optional)
 “Wings over Esmerelda”

Spectacular butterfly locations near Cle Elum and Roslyn

August 5 Saturday – Bethel Ridge

To sign up, contact David James

Spectacular views and high elevation butterfly meadows.

August 26 – Monarch Tagging Day at Lower Crab Creek

To sign up, contact David James

(actual date determined by abundance of Monarchs)

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