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.

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.

April 22 – Cowiche Canyon – Difficulty Level 2

To sign up, email David James at david_james@wsu.edu.

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 baumann.jp56@gmail.com.

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 david_james@wsu.edu or Melanie Weiss melanierweiss@gmail.com.

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 david_james@wsu.edu.

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 baumann.jp56@gmail.com.

June 3 – Butterfly Walk at Dishman Hills Spokane

To sign up, contact John Baumann baumann.jp56@gmail.com.

Lecture starts at 9 am.

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

To sign up, contact Melanie Weiss melanierweiss@gmail.com

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 nunnallee@comcast.net.

Spectacular butterfly location near Wenatchee.

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

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

Spectacular butterfly locations near Ellensburg and Roslyn

August 5 Saturday – Bethel Ridge

To sign up, contact David James david_james@wsu.edu

Spectacular views and high elevation butterfly meadows.

August 12 or 19 or 26 – Monarch Tagging Day at Lower Crab Creek

To sign up, contact David James david_james@wsu.edu

(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.