Cabbage White – Pieris rapae

The Lowly Cabbage White:


The inspiration for the film The Dark Divide starring David Cross and Debra Messing, one of America’s most esteemed natural history writers takes to the hills in search of Bigfoot―and finds the wildness within ourselves.

Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to investigate the legends of Sasquatch, Yale-trained ecologist Dr. Robert Pyle treks into the unprotected wilderness of the Dark Divide near Mount St. Helens, where he discovers both a giant fossil footprint and recent tracks. On the trail of what he thought was legend, he searches out Indians who tell him of an outcast tribe, the Seeahtiks, who had not fully evolved into humans. A handful of open-minded biologists and anthropologists counter the tabloids Pyle studies, while rogue Forest Service employees and loggers swear of a vast conspiracy to deep-six true stories of unknown, upright hominoid apes among us. He attends Sasquatch Daze, where he meets scientists, hunters, and others who have devoted their lives to the search, only to realize that “these guys don’t want to find Bigfoot―they want to be Bigfoot!”

Since its original publication, the author’s fresh experiences and finds have been added to his original work through an updated chapter. With an evaluation of recent DNA evidence from Bigfoot hair and scat, the study of speech phonemes in the “Sierra Sounds” purported Bigfoot recordings, an examination of the impact of the wildly popular Animal Planet series Bigfoot Hunters, the reemergence of the famous Bob Gimlin into the Bigfoot community, and more, Walking With Bigfoot keeps every Bigfoot enthusiast’s mind wide open to one of the biggest questions in the land and brings Pyle’s work on the “legend” of Bigfoot into the new century.

Walking With Bigfoot, Crossing the Dark Divide is available where ever books are sold

Where Big Foot Walks by Robert Michael Pyle
Where Big Foot Walks by Robert Michael Pyle

Reference Books

Bob Pyle’s and Caitlin LaBar’s book, Butterflies of the Pacific Northwest by Timber Press, was released in April 2018. It is available on websites for Powell’s Books, Barnes & Noble, Amazon and other major retailers as well as many area bookstores upon the release. You may preview several pages of it using Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature when viewed from a PC (doesn’t work from smartphones). The book features around 50 photographers from our region, including some WBA members! The text and maps are revised and updated from Bob’s Cascadia, and it has an almost completely new set of photographs, many of which are much larger than the previous book. Several new specimen plates featuring a wider selection of subspecies for difficult-to-identify groups such as sulphurs and fritillaries are also included.
Caitlin LaBar has a new website,, where you may order her two self-published books: Butterflies of the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area and Pocket Guide to the Butterflies of Washington. There is a limited run of about 30 copies of the Sinlahekin book due a problem with the printing process. Around 40 additional copies with the same interior but lower-quality covers will be offered at a slight discount after the first set are sold out. She is working on a solution, but may not have more copies available for sale until later in the year. For information about these books, visit her blog:​​


Life Histories of Cascadia Butterflies

by David G. James and David Nunnallee 

Published October 1, 2011  by Oregon State University Press
ISBN10: 0870716263 and ISBN13: 9780870716263




ButterfliesCascadiaThe Butterflies of Cascadia: A Field Guide to All the Species of Washington, Oregon, and Surrounding Territories

by Robert Michael Pyle

Published 2002 by Seattle Audubon  
ISBN-10 0914516132 and ISBN-13 9780914516132
Out of print, but sometimes available from Powell’s Books


Newspaper Articles

December 12, 2017 – National Butterfly Center Threatened by Border Wall

August 8, 2016 – WBA Conference in Joseph, Oregon

September 24, 2015 – Washington Butterfly Association starts up a new chapter in Spokane.

May 31, 2015 – “Reflections on 50 Years of Engagement with the Natural World” an interview with Bob Pyle.

February 20, 2015 – Tacoma News Tribune published an article about Robert Hardwick, long time member of WBA.

April 3, 2011 – Spokane Spokesman Review

Other publications

August 2006 – Mountain Butterflies by Idie Ulsh published in Washington Trails Association Magazine.   WTA_Mountain_Butterflies(447kb)

Mima Mounds Butterfly Guide published by the Nature Conservancy   MimaMounds_butterfly_Guide(3.2mb)

Bob Hardwick’s 2008 Johnson Prairie Survey by Cheryl Fimble   JohnsonPrairieSurvey2008(2.2mb)

David Dropper’s Search for the Forest’s Winged Aerial Acrobats by Kelly Sprute

Television Stories

September 6, 2018 – Monarch Raising at Walla Walla State Prison.
Butterfly Wranglers: Hands used for crime now nurturing a struggling species.