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The Washington Butterfly Association (WBA) was founded in 1999.

WBA is a non-profit organization under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code.


As we put WBA together, we felt that there were 6 components that would produce a successful organization:

  1. It must be friendly and all-inclusive
  2. It must inspire people to appreciate, respect and enjoy butterflies, moths, and the native plants that support these insects.
  3. It must include a free educational component so that all may learn.
  4. It must make kids feel welcome. They are our future.
  5. It must be environmentally friendly.
  6. It must be fun!

(Idie Ulsh, G’num April-June 2001)


The founding members of WBA were:  Idie Ulsh, Jon Pelham, Bob Pyle, David Branch, Dave Nunnallee, Jo Nunnallee, Richard Lindstrom, Tom O’Connell and Richard Youel.